Speaker Ryan on Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) and Why Congress Needs to Address This

This is going to get lost in all the noise today, what with tonight’s GOP debate and Donald Trump’s rising poll numbers in the wake of his call for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the United States. But it’s very significant. Via Jennifer Bendery, House Speaker Paul Ryan today endorsed the idea that Congress should hold a vote on the war against the Islamic State:

During an interview at Politico’s Playbook Breakfast, Ryan said it’s Congress’ constitutional responsibility to declare wars, and that debating and voting on a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force would send the signal that the U.S. is united in the fight against ISIS….

“It would be a good sign for American foreign policy to have a new one updating our AUMF to declare our mission, with respect to ISIS,” Ryan said. “I think that would be good for putting America in an offensive posture.”

He added, “Congress is the one who declares war. This is Congress’ responsibility.”

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