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Kinzinger: Obama Is Trying to Make Congress Do the Commander-in-Chief’s Job

President Obama’s proposed Authorization for the Use of Military Force against the Islamic State requires Congress to act as Commander-in-Chief, said Republican congressman Adam Kinzinger.

“I think [the authorization] ties the president’s hands; it also is making Congress, in essence, part of the president’s limited strategy,” Kinzinger said on ABC’s This Week. “The job of Congress…is to declare war, it’s not to be Commander-in-Chief.”

Kinzinger explained that he thought the requested authorization would require Congress to make strategic decisions that would limit the level of force used by the president. Instead, Kinzinger said, the president should have more authority to use airstrikes and conduct special operations on the ground.   

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