U.S. Sen. Rand Paul seeks declaration of war against ISIS

12/03/2014 02:44 PM

Less than two weeks after unveiling his plans to declare war against the terrorist group Islamic State to The New York Times, Kentucky U.S. Sen. filed a formal declaration of war against the organization.

“I believe the President must come to Congress to begin a war and that Congress has a duty to act,” Paul said in a statement Wednesday. “Right now, this war is illegal until Congress acts pursuant to the Constitution and authorizes it.”

President Barack Obama relied on previous resolutions authorizing military force in Iraq and Afghanistan in launching airstrikes and deploying personnel against the group known as ISIS.

Paul’s war resolution would grant the use of ground troops against ISIS but limit the military campaign to one year. It would also repeal the Iraq authorization and sunset the 2001 military authorization within a year.

From Paul’s war resolution:

(a) Declaration.—The state of war between the United States and the organization referring to itself as the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has been thrust upon the United States, is hereby formally declared pursuant to Article I, section 8, clause 11, of the United States Constitution.

(b) Authorization.—The President is hereby authorized and directed to use the Armed Forces of the United States to protect the people and facilities of the United States in Iraq and Syria against the threats posed thereto by the organization referring to itself as the Islamic State, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

When asked about Paul’s resolution last month, U.S. Senate Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell said the Senate would discuss “the appropriate way forward” in combating ISIS.

“Probably what we’ll end up doing is what’s called as authorization for the use of military force, and there are a variety of different suggestions that are being made,” he told reporters after an appearance in Oldham County. “I don’t think we’re going to deal with that issue until after the new majority’s in place.”

Kevin Wheatley

Kevin Wheatley is a reporter for Pure Politics. He joined cn|2 in September 2014 after five years at The State Journal in Frankfort, where he covered Kentucky government and politics. You can reach him at kevin.wheatley@charter.com or 502-792-1135 and follow him on Twitter at @KWheatley_cn2.

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