WASHINGTON — Two senior Republican and Democratic House members are urging their colleagues to pressure Speaker Rep. John Boehner to hold a floor vote on a measure authoring the war against the Islamic State.
House Intelligence Committee Ranking Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff of California and Deputy Republican Whip Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma are asking other members to sign onto a letter to Boehner requesting a vote.
“Roughly 250 days have passed since the President ordered military action against the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL),” Schiff and Cole wrote in a letter addressed to Boehner, using another name for the violent Sunni group.
“However, we are deeply concerned that eight months into Operation Inherent Resolve, the House has taken no action on an authorization for use of military force (AUMF) which would provide a clear legal justification for the actions against ISIL,” they write. “While hearings have been held in the House Armed Services Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee, no markup has taken place.”
The duo notes that a recent floor schedule put out by Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., “contains no suggestion that consideration of an AUMF on the floor is imminent.”
“This dereliction of our constitutional duty causes great injury to the Congress, and threatens our role as a check on the president’s power to make war,” Schiff and Cole write.