Speaker Boehner: House Is Ready to Work with President on Plan to Destroy ISIS, but White House Must Address Strategy Questions

WASHINGTON, DC – At his weekly press briefing, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said the House stands “ready to work with the president to put in place a plan that would destroy and defeat ISIL,” while underscoring the need for the president to address questions and concerns that remain regarding his strategy.  Following are Speaker Boehner’s remarks:

“Last night the president finally began to make the case that the nation has needed him to make for quite some time: that we must destroy and defeat this terrorist threat.  ISIL is a sophisticated and determined enemy, and in order to be successful we must have a comprehensive strategy designed to destroy and to defeat it. 

“I think that last night the president made a compelling case for action, but as I said in my statement last night, there are still questions and concerns that remain.  For example, I support the president’s plan to train and equip Iraqi Security Forces and the Syrian opposition.  But I remain concerned that those measures could take years to fully implement at a time when ISIL’s momentum and territorial gains must be halted and reversed immediately.

“We stand ready to work with the president to put in place a plan that would destroy and defeat ISIL.  Members are getting briefed as we speak on the range of options that the president is contemplating; those briefings and consultations will continue.  We delayed action on the Continuing Resolution yesterday to consider the president’s request for authorization to train and equip the Syrian rebels that are fighting ISIL.  We’re doing our due diligence here and discussing all of this with our members.  And frankly, it’s the right thing to do.

“Yesterday, we came together to honor the Fallen Heroes of 9/11 with the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor we can bestow.  Today, we pay our respects to their families.  We never forgot them, just as we’ll never forget our responsibility to confront evil and to defeat it.”