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Congressional Reaction to Obama's Speech

Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 09:53 PM

Congressional Republicans and Democrats reacted Wednesday night to President Barack Obama's expanded campaign of military airstrikes and support for partner forces to combat the Islamic State militant group:

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The president "has finally begun to make the case the nation has needed him to make for quite some time: that destroying this terrorist threat requires decisive action and must be the highest priority for the United States and other nations of the free world. A speech is not the same thing as a strategy, however. While the president presented a compelling case for action, many questions remain about the way in which the president intends to act." — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.

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"Working with a broad coalition of partners and without using U.S. combat forces on the ground, we will lead a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy to dismantle the threat ISIS poses to the region and the United States." — House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

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The Islamic State group "is not confined to historically recognized borders and any strategy to defeat ISIL must recognize that reality. That is why I support the administration's request to support moderate Syrian fighters. If we are to be successful in Syria as well as Iraq, we must have a capable partner on the ground." — Rep. Adam Smith of Washington state, top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.

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"I support the president taking military action in Iraq and Syria to combat this organization. I also support his request for additional authority to support the moderate, vetted Syrian opposition. But more must be done." — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif.

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"The president's strategy calls for a broad coalition to support Sunnis, Shiites, Kurds and religious minorities as they come together to fight a common enemy. It does not call for American ground combat troops, which I believe are not only unnecessary, but could the effort by playing into the propaganda of the extremists. I support the president's strategy, and I believe a large majority of Congress and the American people will as well." — Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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"As we pursue action, we must make sure we thoroughly vet our Syrian allies and ensure our intelligence and information sharing efforts with our international coalition partners are robust and reciprocated." — Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, top Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee.

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"After calling on the president to take additional actions against ISIL, I am encouraged by his statement this evening and his willingness to take strong action to defeat ISIL. Tonight, the president has announced the United States' willingness to lead a coalition to destroy ISIL, and I support these efforts." — Sen. Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee.

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