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Cole Sponsors Legislation Authorizing Use Of Military Force To Fight ISIS

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U.S. Rep. Tom Cole introduced legislation this week authorizing the use of military force against Islamic State militants.

Under the bill to fight the group known as ISIS, there wouldn't be any geographic restrictions on the U.S. military, or a prohibition on sending U.S. ground troops into the region.

During his video response to President Obama's State of the Union address this week, Cole said the president didn't lay out a strategy to defeat ISIS.

“This is a very dangerous enemy that's risen while he was president that's taken large parts of Iraq and Syria, and is launching terrorist attacks around the world as we saw in Paris, and inciting terrorism in our own country as we saw in San Bernardino,” Cole said.

Cole said the time has passed to initiate debate, and Congress has a responsibility to weigh in. He also said the conversation should be taking pace in the House and Senate to preserve the legislative branch's constitutional authority to declare war.

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Brian Hardzinski is from Flower Mound, Texas and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He began his career at KGOU as a student intern, joining KGOU full time in 2009 as Operations and Public Service Announcement Director. He began regularly hosting Morning Edition in 2014, and became the station's first Digital News Editor in 2015-16. Brian’s work at KGOU has been honored by Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI), the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters, the Oklahoma Associated Press Broadcasters, and local and regional chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists. Brian enjoys competing in triathlons, distance running, playing tennis, and entertaining his rambunctious Boston Terrier, Bucky.
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