Dem senator calls for vote to authorize war against ISIS

By:  Lydia Wheeler
The Hill

Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) is calling on Congress to follow the footsteps of the United Kingdom, which is preparing to officially authorize military action against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

In a letter to Senators Friday, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia, and Counterterrorism called for a vote before the end-of-the-year recess in December.

“We've taken dozens of votes to repeal Obamacare; we've held hours upon hours of hearings and multiple special investigations on Benghazi; we've devoted days of Senate floor time to blocking new administration rules on clean water and power,” he said. “That is the majority's prerogative, but this Congress has so far failed to take a single vote on the war that is currently being fought against ISIS, or to truly debate how we confront this evil.”

As the one of the nation’s closest allies prepares to debate and vote on their involvement, Murphy said it’s well past time the U.S. do the same.

“Congress must declare war against ISIS,” he said. “Each one of us first ran for office on the promise that we wouldn’t shy away from tough debates, but rather, would rise to the challenge the times demand. Now is the time to prove we meant it.”