Congressman Ted Lieu Opposes new AUMF Proposal

February 11, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Ted Lieu (CA-33) has issued the following statement in response to the Administration’s new AUMF proposal:

“President Obama has shown consistent thoughtfulness and care in dealing with national security challenges as our Commander in Chief.  However, as currently drafted, I cannot support the Administration’s proposed authorization for the use of force against the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  The Administration’s proposal potentially authorizes the deployment of unlimited ground troops in Iraq and Syria (and anywhere else in the Middle East) by this President and our next President for the next three years, while at the same time restricting the actions of those ground troops.  As a member of Congress, a graduate of Air War College and a former active duty Air Force officer, I believe we can only put American daughters and sons in harm’s way to confront the gravest of threats.  ISIL’s actions are repugnant and should be confronted.  At present, however, I do not believe the Administration has made the case that ISIL represents a direct, grave threat to our nation.  I look forward to continuing this discussion with the Administration and my colleagues in Congress.”

Congressman Ted Lieu serves on the House Committees on the Budget and Oversight & Government Reform.  He is also the Democratic Freshman Class President.