“If you can’t describe the mission to Congress and the American public, is there confusion about it?” Senator Kaine said in an interview with Sputnik, adding that the lack of draft language coming from the White House “suggests that there is a sense of confusion,” and “that’s not a good impression to leave.”
Kaine commented that the US Congress “can’t wait” to pass a new AUMF to provide the legal authority to the president to conduct military strikes against IS targets in the Middle East. “Regardless whether the White House sends over language or not, we have a constitutional responsibility,” he said.
Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker is currently pursuing the passage of a new AUMF, Kaine noted.
President Obama restated his willingness to work with Congress on an AUMF “to show the world we are united” in the mission against IS during his Tuesday State of the Union address.
Since US-led hostilities against IS began in August 2014, the Obama administration has relied on use of force authorizations from 2001 and 2003 to legally justify US military strikes against IS targets in Iraq and Syria.