Ellison: Narrow authorization could pass

A “narrowly tailored” Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) could pass Congress, the co-chairman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus said Sunday.

“It depends what it would say,” Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) told ABC News’s “This Week.” “We’re looking on a narrowly tailored sort of provision, something that is limited in time, space, something we have control so that it just doesn’t go on and on and on. But I think the right provision would, could pass.”

Such a vote is unlikely to come anytime soon, with lawmakers adjourned back to their home districts until after the midterm elections. But in an interview earlier on the same program, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said he would bring the Congress back to vote on such a measure if presented language from the White House.

“I’d be happy to,” Boehner told ABC News’s “This Week.” “The president typically in a situation like this would call for an authorization vote and go sell that to the American people and send a resolution to the Hill. The president has not done that. He believes he has authority under existing resolutions.”

Boehner said he had never suggested to Obama or anybody in his caucus that he was worried such legislation would be unable to pass.

The White House has said it doesn’t need the authorization, but would appreciate it if Congress took the lead and decided to pass legislation explicitly authorizing action against ISIS.

“We still would like to repeal it. We think what would be very helpful is if … Congress worked to give us a targeted, focused authorization,” deputy national security adviser Tony Blinken said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“But while we welcome that, we don’t need it,” he said. 

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