Members of TN Congressional Delegation Respond to Obama Seeking AUMF Against ISIS

Press release from U.S. Sen. Bob Corker; R-Tenn.; February 11, 2015:

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, made the following statement about President Barack Obama’s proposed authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS that was submitted to Congress today. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has jurisdiction over AUMF legislation.

“I appreciate the president following the long tradition of seeking authorization for the use of military force from Congress,” said Corker. “It also will be important that the president exert leadership, lay out a clear strategy for confronting the threat posed by ISIS, and do the hard work of making the case to the American people why this fight is necessary and one we must win. We will quickly begin to hold rigorous hearings where the administration will have an opportunity to provide Congress and the American people greater clarity on the U.S. strategy to address ISIS, particularly in Syria. Voting to authorize the use of military force is one of the most important actions Congress can take, and while there will be differences, it is my hope that we will fulfill our constitutional responsibility, and in a bipartisan way, pass an authorization that allows us to confront this serious threat.”

Press release from U.S. Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn. 01; February 11, 2015:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s request for Congress to authorize use of military force against the Islamic State:

“The Islamic State is a radical terrorist organization with every intention of bringing their heinous acts of terror to our homeland. We must address this serious threat and act pragmatically and deliberately to eliminate this evil. As is the case with any matter regarding war and peace, before I can support any authorization for use of military force, I must see a clear, strategic plan that includes an exit strategy. I am carefully considering the president’s proposal and I am hopeful we can work together to stop these murderers in their tracks.”

Press release from U.S. Rep. John Duncan, R-Tenn. 02; February 11, 2015:

WASHINGTON – Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. released the following statement Wednesday in response to President Obama’s request for use of military force against ISIS:

I am reviewing the Authorization for Use of Military Force draft very closely and keeping watch for any changes to it that will likely occur in the coming days.

If we do have to go to war against ISIS, we need to get in and get it over with and not drag it out for 13 or 14 years like the Afghanistan war.

I do believe most of the fighting in the Middle East should be done by men and women from those countries.  I don’t want to see young Americans killed in what is thus far a regional civil war between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

These ISIS fanatics are probably the most evil, hate-filled people in this world.

If any American goes to fight with them, they should have their citizenship immediately revoked.  If any of them try to do anything to people in the United States, they should be given the death penalty without delay.

Press release from U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn. 03; February 11, 2015:

WASHINGTON− Today, President Obama sent his formal request for Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS to Congress. In response, Rep. Chuck Fleischmannreleased the following statement.

“The combination of the rapid growth and barbaric violence employed by ISIS poses one of the greatest modern threats to the US, our allies, and global security and stability. We must learn from our past experiences and adapt our military strategy to deal with the evolving threats we face today. The President took the proper step in requesting an AUMF from Congress to take any substantial action against ISIS but he must outline and justify the force he plans to use.”

Press release from U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburtn, R-Tenn. 07; February 11, 2015:

Congressman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) today issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s request for Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIL.

“The President’s request for an AUMF is one that should not be taken lightly or considered without doing the due diligence that such a request requires. The House will proceed in the appropriate manner to review the strategy that would be implemented by such an order and the objectives set forth that our military would be required to achieve. As we proceed through this process, I will continue to visit with our military commanders and seek their input and guidance. ISIL poses a growing threat. We must have a plan to eliminate them.”