Boustany Statement on Authorization for Use of Military Force

Press Release

Date: Feb. 11, 2015
Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Charles W. Boustany, Jr., M.D., (R-South Louisiana) reacted to the Obama Administration's submission of legislative language for an Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State.

According to the Associated Press, the proposal authorizes the Administration for the use of force that would expire after three years while ending approval for operations in Iraq passed by Congress in 2002. The proposal seeks authorization to fight Islamic State militants, but without an "enduring offensive combat" mission.

The President will deliver an address on the AUMF today at 3:30 pm ET from the White House.

Boustany said: "We need all options on the table if we are to eradicate ISIS. While the President has the right idea seeking bipartisan approval for his military action in Syria and Iraq, this legislative language is vague and limits the President's ability to make decisions that will achieve victory. While I believe seeking approval from Congress on this action is the right thing for our country, I will press the President not to fight with one hand tied behind his back when it comes to eradicating this threat."