Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN5) released the following statement after voting in favor of a Continuing Resolution (CR) that funds the government and supports efforts to defeat ISIL:
"America faces growing threats to our security and stability that require action. Doing nothing to confront these threats is not an option. That's why passage of today's Continuing Resolution was so important. It keeps the government open, preserves the spending cuts negotiated by Paul Ryan and supports critical efforts to begin defeating the barbaric terrorist regime ISIL.
ISIL controls territory larger than the state of Indiana, has vast financial resources and recruits fighters from Western nations. ISIL poses a security risk to the United States that must be overcome. That's why I voted in favor of an amendment to the Continuing Resolution authorizing the United States government to supply vital equipment and training to appropriately vetted Syrian rebels.
President Obama has not adequately outlined a cohesive and comprehensive plan for dealing with this threat. So I'm encouraged this amendment also includes measures requiring the President to be transparent with Congress and the American people about the success of our efforts and the development of a real strategic plan for dealing with the rise of ISIL. One of the most important steps he must take is securing a broad coalition of nations to contribute to this effort. This is a goal that must be accomplished sooner rather than later, and most certainly before the Continuing Resolution sunsets on December 11."
The amendment to the CR authorizes the U.S. government to provide training, equipment, supplies and sustainment to vetted elements of the Syrian opposition. It requires the President to submit a report to Congress describing how the assistance fits within a larger regional strategy and also requires the Department of Defense to submit a report to Congress at least 15 days before providing assistance as well as a progress report every 90 days. The amendment is not an authorization for the use of military force.
The Continuing Resolution funds the government through December 11, 2014 at the levels agreed upon in the Ryan-Murray budget deal. It specifically sets aside funds to assist veterans currently backlogged in the VA hospital system and to enhance Customs and Border Protection efforts. The CR passed with bipartisan support by a vote of 319-108.