Congressional leaders are still ignoring calls for a war authorization vote. But the slow trickle of support for a vote continued Thursday as three more lawmakers introduced bills to put parameters on the military campaign against Islamic State terrorists.
Reps. Scott Rigell (R-Va.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) unveiled an Authorization for the Use of Military Force that would ban the use of “significant U.S. ground troops in combat,” except to protect U.S. citizens. It would expire in three years, and it includes a clause stating that it is the sole authority for U.S. military action against ISIS — an attempt to get away from 2001 and 2002 AUMFs still on the books.
“We must not fear ISIS, nor should we fear the debate about how to defeat ISIS,” Rigell said at a press conference. “I think the leadership of the House, and indeed the Senate, needs to trust the members who are representative of the people and allow us to go through the process of debating this.”