U.S. Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) released this statement following the president's address to the nation this evening:
"I appreciate that the president has finally said clearly that we must destroy ISIS and that he outlined some important steps toward that goal - including expanded airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, which I have previously called for.
"We have heard tough talk before from the president, and I hope this time he takes decisive actions to match his words.
"Based on the briefing I received today in the Homeland Security Committee about the number of Americans and Western passport holders who have joined ISIS, the estimates that ISIS is raising as much as $1 million a day, and the safe havens they retain in Iraq and Syria, I believe that ISIS is a current threat to our homeland and I disagree with the president's assertion tonight that America is safer.
"Any effective strategy must include tougher measures to ensure that Americans and Western passport holders who have joined ISIS cannot enter the United States of America."