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Rep. Lipinski Says Congress Should Reconvene To Address ISIL Conflict

10/07/2014

Statement from Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3):

“The United States has been engaging ISIL in Iraq for nearly nine weeks and has been conducting airstrikes against the terror group in Syria and Iraq for two weeks.  I agree that ISIL presents a serious threat to the U.S. and its allies in the region, and that we must continue to confront them and work to end their inhuman conduct.  

“I voted to authorize the Administration to start training and equipping Syrians to fight ISIL once they have been vetted and cleared of terror connections; this initial authorization expires December 11th.  However, Congress has not voted on a measure to authorize the ongoing airstrikes or other U.S. military involvement in Syria or Iraq.  Rather, the President is relying on two congressional resolutions, one passed in 2001 in response to the attacks of 9-11 and the other passed in 2002 authoring the Iraq War.  Since it is debatable whether these two resolutions are applicable to the current situation, it would be best for Congress to reconvene as soon as possible to consider a use of force resolution specific to this conflict.  This would give Congress more time to seek answers concerning the Administration’s strategy in this conflict and how much progress – if any – has been made so far, and to have a full debate about what our nation's role should be not just in the short term but in the longer term in the region. 

“Right now, Congress appears to be more concerned about being home to campaign than looking after the security of the American people.  We should not duck our responsibility in dealing with this situation as well as other ongoing threats.”


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