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Boehner Avoids Committing to ISIS AUMF Vote Timeframe

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At his weekly news conference Thursday, Speaker John A. Boehner did not commit to holding floor debate or a vote on a White House-submitted Authorization for Use of Military Force against the Islamic State terror group and instead slammed the administration’s AUMF for restricting President Barack Obama’s ability to defeat ISIS. “I don’t know why we’d want to give him less authorization than he has today,” he said. In December, Boehner said the White House should submit an ISIS AUMF before subsequently hammering the proposal in February for “tying” Obama’s hands. Earlier this week a House Democrat and Republican sent a letter to Boehner calling for the House to take action on the proposal.

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