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October 23, 2014

Tim Kaine: Obama Needs Congress to OK Iraq Air Strikes

Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine wants President Barack Obama to seek new approval from Congress for the current bombing campaign in Iraq, reports Roll Call.

“I support providing humanitarian relief to Iraqi civilians and measures to protect American personnel, but I am concerned about the timeline and scope of our renewed military efforts in Iraq,” the Virginia Democrat said in a statement. “Since the Administration has conceded that the 2002 Iraq Authorization for Use of Military Force is obsolete and should be repealed, it is now up to the Administration to receive Congressional authorization for the current air campaign against IS. This is especially the case since the President has indicated that our renewed military engagement in Iraq could be a long-term project.”
Kaine, with Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has been engaged in an effort to overhaul the terms of the War Powers Resolution.

The view of the former Democratic National Committee chairman and Virginia governor shouldn’t come as a surprise. Kaine said in June that U.S. strikes against the Islamic State group (known as IS, ISIS or ISIL) would require Obama to return to the Congress. That’s despite the fact that the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) remains on the books.

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