Langevin Statement on President's Request for New AUMF

Feb 11, 2015 Issues: Armed Services, Iraq and Afghanistan

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI), senior member of the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Homeland Security, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s request for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL):

“The terrorist group ISIL poses one of the most significant security threats of our time to our nation and to our allies. Their violent ideology and continued oppression of religious and ethnic minorities is an affront to American values, and their campaign of terror will result in more unspeakable acts of violence and further destabilization of the Middle East. They cannot go unchecked, and we must have a broad international coalition to degrade ISIL’s capabilities and ultimately defeat them. I continue to have deep concerns over the use of ground troops in this conflict, and I believe a new authorization must be very narrowly tailored to ensure we do not become embroiled in another long-term ground war.

“I agree with the President’s assessment of the serious threat posed by ISIL, and I appreciate his formal recognition of Congress’s role in the decision-making process. The President’s proposal requires a thorough analysis and I look forward to exercising my oversight responsibility as a member of the House Armed Services Committee as we consider his request. Congress must be a part of the discussion, and I welcome a bipartisan debate on this issue of critical importance to our nation.”