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Boehner: ISIS AUMF Ties Obama’s Hands

While acknowledging the White House “did the right thing” in submitting an Islamic State Authorization for Use of Military Force to Congress Wednesday, Speaker John A. Boehner on Thursday said he still has “concerns” about President Barack Obama’s request.

“The president needs to have an overarching strategy to deal with this growing terrorist threat. He has yet to do that,” Boehner said. “He continues to look at this as a counterterrorism effort when in fact, there’s a war underway, and we’re in the midst of it. But the president has tied his own hands and wants to tie his hands even further with the authorization that he sent up here.”

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