Thompson Sponsors Legislation to Outline Limitations for Use of Military Force in Middle East

Apr 17, 2018
Press Release
Resolution limited to three years, replaces prior authorization

Washington – Today, Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-05), announced he would cosponsor a resolution to define limited terms for the use of military force in the Middle East.

“After today’s classified briefing on Syria, there is no doubt that Congress must pass a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) and specify the limitations under which the president can use military force to protect our national security,” said Thompson. “The president must not conduct action unilaterally – our constitution lays out a process under which the president must work with Congress to specifically define and execute military strategy. That’s why I’ve cosponsored Congressman Schiff’s resolution to narrowly outline the scope under which necessary and appropriate force can be taken under consultation with Congress. We must have a clear strategy, as we cannot commit our men and women in uniform to a drawn out conflict with no clear path forward.”

Lead by Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Adam Schiff, H.J.Res. 100, the Consolidated Authorization for Use of Military Force Resolution authorizes the president to use necessary force to protect our nation’s security against Al Qaeda, ISIS, the Afghan Taliban, and other enemies for three years, repealing prior authorizations. Click here to learn more about this resolution.


Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Rep. Thompson is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and chairs the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force as well as the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus.