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Honorable Tim Walz

Representing the 1st District of MINNESOTA

Walz Co-Introduces Authorization for Use of Military Force against ISIS, al Qaeda and the Taliban

May 3, 2017
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, U.S. Representative Tim Walz (MN-01) joined nine of his colleagues to co-introduce a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS, al Qaeda, and the Taliban. Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28) is the Authorization’s lead sponsor.

The Authorization would sunset the 2001 AUMF and 2002 AUMF immediately and replace them with a single authorization for the use of force against al-Qaeda, ISIS and the Taliban. The resolution would sunset in 3 years. It authorizes the President to deploy combat ground troops against the covered entities without geographical restriction; however it also provides a special mechanism to allow a privileged motion to repeal or modify the authorization in the event the President deploys ground forces in combat. Finally, it would put in place new reporting requirements both to Congress and to the public as to how the authorities are used and against what groups.

“No matter the administration – and absent an immediate, direct threat to the U.S. – the decision to use military force lies with the Congress, as is stated in our Constitution,” said Rep. Walz. “If we as a nation are to continue to send the brave men and women of our Armed Forces into harm’s way for the sake of our national defense, it is paramount that the Congress debate and vote on a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF).”

Rep. Walz has advocated for a new AUMF throughout his time in Congress. In light of the increased troop presence in Syria and Iraq and recent attacks by both the Taliban and ISIS in Afghanistan, a new AUMF that reestablishes Congress’ vital role is critical. A new AUMF, guided by principles that are responsive to the war the United States is fighting today, will provide clear authority to the President and Armed Forces for the campaign against ISIS, al Qaeda and its affiliates, and the Taliban. It will also send a message of unity to U.S. military forces and strengthen the international coalition to defeat these enemies.

Reps. Andre Carson (D-IN), Kathy Castor (D-FL), Dwight Evans (D-PA), Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI), Alcee Hastings (D-FL), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), Seth Moulton (D-MA), Mark Pocan (D-WI) are original co-sponsors alongside Rep. Walz.