Tester: Obama Can Strike ISIS Without Congressional OK

Sep 11, 2014

Senator Tester says he doesn’t think President Obama needs to ask Congress for authorization for the military campaign against the Islamic State he announced yesterday.

"I think he already has the authorization. That authorization was given after 9-11 and I think that authorization still exists."

But Senator Tester says he does want the President to consult with Congress on his military action.

"Consult is communication, transfer of information, and I want him to be better at that, especially in situations like this. We went into Iraq in 2003, I do not believe that was a good decision. The coalition they talked about was very thin at best. The President has said this is a different operation than back in Iraq. I believe him, I want to see it. "