Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee and Congressman Honda introduced legislation to ensure a comprehensive strategy to ultimately degrade and dismantle ISIL. “We can all agree that ISIL and their actions are horrific and barbaric,” said Congresswoman Lee. “As we work to degrade and dismantle ISIL, we must be comprehensive in our strategy. National security experts have clearly stated that there is no military solution to ISIL. In order to ultimately degrade and dismantle ISIL, we must craft a robust regionally-led, political, economic and diplomatic strategy.

At this writing, President Obama has neither the legal nor the political mandate to conduct airstrikes in Iraq or Syria. On Thursday night, 182 Members of the House voted yes on Representative Barbara Lee's amendment defunding the use of the 2002 Iraq Authorization for the Use Military Force.