Exclusive: Draft Military Force Authorization against ISIL—by House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ranking Member Rep. Engel

Representative Eliot Engel, the ranking Democratic member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee has prepared a draft authorization for use of military force (AUMF) against ISIL for discussion. The text is available exclusively at Just Security. The discussion draft is well timed, as Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Bob Corker has convened a hearing on Tuesday entitled, “Reviewing Congressional Authorizations for the Use of Military Force.”

Engel’s draft would be the sixth proposal for a new AUMF introduced in the current Congress. How do the elements of Engel’s draft compare to the others?

Just Security has created a comprehensive AUMF Chart of all current proposals for easy comparison. We will continue to update the Chart over time.

Please also check out our more comprehensive analysis of contemporary AUMF issues, and watch this space for an essay by Rita Siemion on current AUMF proposals and debates on the Hill.

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About the Author(s)

Ryan Goodman

Co-Editor-in-Chief of Just Security, Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, former Special Counsel to the General Counsel of the Department of Defense (2015-2016). Follow him on Twitter (@rgoodlaw).