Tom Expresses Concern about Lack of Authority for Changing Conflict in Middle East
Today, at a hearing of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, U.S. Senator Tom Udall once again pressed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Defense Secretary James Mattis about the need for congressional authority – an Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) – if the United States continues to engage in the military conflict in the Middle East. Udall reiterated his longstanding position that Americans are very skeptical of unending war in the Middle East, the longest in our history. He said that the conflict has changed dramatically since Congress voted to authorize force after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and that Congress must debate and approve a new AUMF with clear limits that take into account the current fight, which has expanded to include Syria and other surrounding regions.