Authorization for the Use of Military Force and Current Terrorist Threats, Hearing Before the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, First Session, July 25, 2017   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is the July 25, 2017 hearing on "Authorization for the Use of Military Force and Current Terrorist Threats," held before the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs. From the statement of Edward Royce: "Today, most U.S. combat operations are conducted under the Authorization for the Use of Military Force, or the AUMF, that was enacted following the vicious September 11th, 2001 attacks on our country. [...] Nearly 3 years ago, the Obama administration determined that those forces include ISIS [Islamic State of Iraq and Syria], which originated as al-Qaeda in Iraq. The continued reliance on this legal authority has spurred debate. Some maintain that the 2001 AUMF has been stretched too far. Some believe that Congress--most of whose members were not here in 2001--should debate and reauthorize our military engagement. We have Members of Congress who have fought these wars, whose voices carry strong weight. [...] I believe that the President has the authority under the 2001 AUMF to defeat and destroy ISIS. Key outside experts and officials from the previous administration who have appeared before this committee have testified to this. But I also believe that a new and updated authorization for the use of military force would be ideal. The challenge is getting agreement on what exactly it should contain."

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Serial No. 115-62
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