ISIS War Authorization Stalls in House

Chairman: Even Administration Not Pushing Hard for AUMF Anymore

The Obama Administration’s Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against ISIS has been losing momentum for awhile. Today, during House Armed Services testimony with top administration officials, the matter was barely discussed.

Chairman Rep. Mac Thornberry (R – TX) says he believes the lack of talk about the AUMF is a sign that even the administration is “kind of moving beyond that” facing lack of support.

Legally speaking, a war authorization was supposed to come within 90 days of the war’s beginning, though the administration didn’t even offer a proposal until months later.

The bill was described by the White House as deliberately vague to give the president the ability to unilaterally do as he wishes. That cost him a lot of support from skeptics who wanted a AUMF with real limits, while hawks were still unhappy that the vague bill didn’t spell out how big the war would be.

In the Senate it seems like that bill may never get out of committee, and the comments from the House suggest they aren’t faring any better there. Either way, the war is likely to continue unauthorized.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is senior editor of