Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that Obama “did the right thing” in asking Congress for the new authority, but suggested the proposal is far too limiting to win his support.
“The president has tied his own hands and wants to tie his hands even further with the authorization that he’s sent up here,” Boehner said in a press briefing. “The president should have the flexibility to fight this war wherever it is. As simple as that.”
At a hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Thursday to examine Obama’s proposal, a number of Republicans echoed Boehner’s concerns.
Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) said he wants all military options on the table so ISIS fighters will “sleep with one eye open because they fear” U.S. special forces might sweep in and put “a round of lead between their eyes.”
And Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) called for an AUMF that “gives maximum flexibility to our generals.”