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One day after President Barack Obama sent Congress legislation backing the use of military force against Islamic State militants, he’s still searching for his first outright supporter for the measure.
Republicans and Democrats, House and Senate, senior lawmakers and newcomers to Congress, lawmakers across the congressional spectrum all found parts of the proposal to oppose, or else said nothing to tip their hand.
Whether President Obama wants to admit it or not, the United States never really pulled out of Iraq. The president has sent his request for war powers against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to Congress, but it's getting push back from both sides of the aisle.
President Obama’s request for war powers against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is running into trouble on both sides of the aisle, with some Republicans now arguing the White House should place no restrictions on the use of ground troops.
The president's plan for an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) limits the use of combat forces, in line with his promise that there will be no “boots on the ground” in the war against ISIS.
Rep. Ted Lieu (Calif.) on Wednesday said he will not support President Obama’s request for the use of force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), becoming the first Democrat to formally come out against the proposal.
Lieu, a former Air Force officer, said he cannot back the ISIS request at this time because Obama has not proved that the group “represents a direct, grave threat to our nation.”
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33) has issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s new AUMF proposal:
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said the Turkey-US Interparliamentary Friendship Group will send a letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry in response to another letter sent by members of the US Congress to Kerry concerning the arrests of Turkish journalists and the status of media freedom in Turkey.
Erdoğan's remarks came after 88 members of Congress sent Kerry a letter on Feb. 2 urging him to support media freedom in Turkey.
A large number of members of the US Congress have voiced concerns on the recent arrest of media members in Turkey and called on Secretary of State John Kerry to press the Turkish government to secure press freedom in the country.
In a letter to Kerry, 89 members of Congress stated that they are “deeply concerned” with the recent arrest of journalists, underlining the Turkish government's steps to “intimidate, arrest and smother” critical voices as being a threat to the very democratic principles that Turkey claims to respect.