Compare & Contrast Proposals: Authorizations for Use of Military Force

Should Congress authorize the use of military force against ISIS? 

Several versions of authorization exist but none have been approved. Weigh in on the proposals currently in Congress.

  S.J.RES. 29 AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND THE LEVANT AND ITS ASSOCIATED FORCES
Sponsor: Sen. Mitch McConnell [R, KY]

 

  H.J.RES. 27 AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE AGAINST ISIL RESOLUTION
Sponsor: Rep. Adam Schiff [D, CA-28]

  • Does not authorize the deployment of ground forces in a combat role
  • Repeals the 2002 authorization of force that led to the invasion of Iraq
  • Requires report to Congress every 60 days
  • Limits authorization to three years
  • Allows for any lawmaker to offer a privileged motion to force a "timely debate" to repeal or revise the authorization resolution

 

  H.J.RES. 33 AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND THE LEVANT
Sponsor: Rep. Adam Kinzinger [R, IL-16]

  • Authorizes "necessary and appropriate force" against ISIL and any "individuals and organizations fighting for, on behalf of, or alongside ISIL"
  • Repeals the 2002 authorization of force that led to the invasion of Iraq
  • Requires report to Congress every 90 days

 

  H.R. 4208 AUTHORITY FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND THE LEVANT ACT
Sponsor: Rep. Scott Rigell [R, VA-2]

  • Authorizes forces "against ISIL, any closely related successor entity, or associated persons or forces"
  • Repeals the 2002 authorization of force that led to the invasion of Iraq
  • Limits authorization to three years
  • References ISIS's "descipable acts of violence and mass executions against Muslims," threatened genocides against religious groups, anti-ISIL Coalition, beheadings of journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff, death of American aid worker (and former Army ranger) Abdul-Rahman Peter Kassig, and American hostage Kayla Mueller
  • Expressly states that the use of US ground troops in combat against ISIL, except to protect the lives of US citizens from imminent threat, is not consistent with purpose of this bill

 

  S.J.RES. 26 AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND THE LEVANT AND ITS ASSOCIATED FORCES
Sponsor: Sen. Lindsey Graham [R, SC]

 

  S. 1587 AUTHORITY FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND THE LEVANT ACT
Sponsor: Sen. Tim Kaine [D, VA]

  • Repeals the 2002 authorization of force that led to the invasion of Iraq
  • Requires a report to Congress at least once every six months
  • Limits authorization to three years
  • Purpose: "to protect the lives of US citizens and to provide military support to regional partners in their battle to defeat ISIL"
  • Expressly states that the use of US ground troops in combat against ISIL, except to protect the lives of US citizens from imminent threat, is not consistent with purpose of this bill

 

   THE PRESIDENT'S DRAFT AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF MILITARY FORCE (AUMF)

  • Expressly does not authorize use of forces in "enduring offensive ground combat operations"
  • Repeals the 2002 authorization of force that led to the invasion of Iraq
  • Requires report to Congress "at least once every six months" of actions taken under the authorization
  • Limits authorization to three years