Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515-0508
March 2, 2015
Thank you for taking the time to express your opinions about an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). I appreciate hearing from you on this issue.
As our nation confronts the ISIS threat, President Obama has engaged Congress in determining the United States strategy to degrade and destroy these brutal terrorists. A key part of Congress’ responsibility is to debate and pass a new and narrowly-tailored AUMF.
The President’s draft AUMF submitted on February 11, 2015 is serious and thoughtful, one which ends the outdated 2002 AUMF that authorized the Iraq war that I opposed; restricts the use of ground troops; and includes other important limiting provisions going forward. The American people expect a full, healthy debate about the role of the Unites States after more than a decade of costly wars in the Middle East. I do not believe the country has an appetite for long-term boots on the ground, but we must also do what is necessary to stop the spread and brutality ISIS.
Congress should act judiciously and promptly to craft and pass an AUMF narrowly-tailored to the war against ISIS. I look forward to constructive bipartisan debate on this matter immediately. Please be assured that I will keep your comments in mind as Congress debates this Authorization.
Thank you, again, for contacting me on this issue. I hope you will continue to communicate with me on matters of concern to you. For more information on this or other issues affecting our city and our nation, please visit my website at http://www.pelosi.house.gov/ or sign up to receive e-mail updates at http://www.pelosi.house.gov/media/pelosi-update.shtml.
Member of Congress