A bipartisan pair of senators are doubling down on their months-long push for Congress to authorize the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the wake of last week's attacks in Paris.
"It's well past time that we move on this and hopefully the events of the past couple of weeks, the attacks that happened in Paris, the bombing of the plane, the other suicide bombings that have occurred, our commitment of new resources, will convince us all that it's time to act here in Congress," Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBiden nominates former Sen. Tom Udall as New Zealand ambassador Biden to nominate Jane Hartley as UK ambassador: report The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Voting rights will be on '22, '24 ballots MORE (R-Ariz.) said Tuesday.
Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineOvernight Energy & Environment — Presented by Climate Power — Emissions heading toward pre-pandemic levels The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - What do Manchin and Sinema want? Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (D-Va.) added that the "challenges of Paris" and other recent events underscore that lawmakers need to take up and pass an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) against ISIS.
"This is a threat, and the president started military action for a narrow and limited reason, but that threat has mutated," he added. "Like a cancer, its grown and it is now affecting nations all over the world, and the question is how long will Congress continue to be silent."