Boehner Would Back Ground War to Destroy ISIS, Willing to Bring Congress Back for AUMF

Posted September 29, 2014 at 9:19am

Speaker John A. Boehner would back a ground war to destroy ISIS, and would bring Congress back to Washington to vote if President Barack Obama proposed a new Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF), Roll Call reports.  

Boehner, R-Ohio, who last week said an authorization vote should not be held in the lame duck session, said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week” that he would back a vote if the president proposed a new AUMF now.  

“I’d bring the Congress back,” Boehner said. He said earlier that he thinks Obama has the authority to act on his own against ISIS — also known as ISIL or the Islamic State — “but the point I’m making is this is a proposal that the Congress ought to consider.”  

Boehner denied suggesting to the president that if it came up now it would splinter both parties and might not pass.