Banks introduces bill specifically targeting ISIS

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks announced on March 15 that he is introducing a bill to authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

The Banks bill is the House version of identical legislation introduced by Sen. Todd Young the previous week.

“Our constituents send us to Congress to represent their views, and they should have their voices heard as we consider more military action in the fight against ISIS,” said Banks. “The constitution grants Congress the power of declaring war, and we need to take that obligation seriously.

“Rather than continuing to fight ISIS under an authorization passed by Congress in 2001 to fight al-Qaeda, it is time to pass a new authorization for the use of military force against ISIS.”

Banks’ bill would repeal the current 2001 and 2002 Authorizations for Use of Military Force (AUMF) and replace them with a new one that specifically authorizes U.S. troops to fight against ISIS by naming them in the resolution. He says the AUMFs from 2001 and 2002 are overly broad, authorizing U.S. troops to go to war with affiliates of any entity that contributed to the terrorist attacks on 9/11.  

Banks, a Republican from Columbia City, represents Indiana’s third congressional district, which includes Huntington Cou-nty.