[Congressional Record: September 14, 2001 (House)]
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AUTHORIZING USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES AGAINST THOSE RESPONSIBLE
FOR RECENT ATTACKS AGAINST THE UNITED STATES
Mr. DIAZ-BALART. Mr. Speaker, at this historic moment when Congress
and the American people stand united behind the President, our
Commander in Chief, as America prepares to reclaim its security and
punish the murderers who struck our Nation this week, I ask unanimous
consent that it shall be in order at any time without intervention of
any point of order to consider in the House, House Joint Resolution 64,
to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against those
responsible for the recent attacks launched against the United States;
The joint resolution shall be considered as read; the previous
question shall be considered as ordered on the joint resolution to
final passage without intervening motion except, one, 5 hours of debate
on the joint resolution, equally divided and controlled by the chairman
and ranking minority member of the Committee on International
Relations; and two, one motion to recommit; and, upon passage of the
joint resolution, the House shall be considered to have passed Senate
Joint Resolution 23.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the
gentleman from Florida?
There was no objection.
Mr. HYDE. Mr. Speaker, pursuant to the previous order of the House, I
call up the joint resolution (H.J. Res. 64) to authorize the use of
United States Armed Forces against those responsible for the recent
attacks launched against the United States, and ask for its immediate
consideration in the House.
The Clerk read the title of the joint resolution.
The text of H.J. Res. 64 is as follows:
H.J. Res. 64
Whereas, on September 11, 2001, acts of treacherous
violence were committed against the United States and its
Whereas, such acts render it both necessary and appropriate
that the United States exercise its rights to self-defense
and to protect United States citizens both at home and
Whereas, in light of the threat to the national security
and foreign policy of the United States posed by these grave
acts of violence; and
Whereas, such acts continue to pose an unusual and
extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign
policy of the United States; and
Whereas, the President has authority under the Constitution
to take action to deter and prevent acts of international
terrorism against the United States: Now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
This joint resolution may be cited as the ``Authorization
for Use of Military Force''.
SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.
(a) In General.--That the President is authorized to use
all necessary and appropriate force against those nations,
organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized,
committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on
September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or
persons, in order to prevent any further acts of
international terrorism against the United States by such
nations, organizations or persons.
(b) War Powers Resolution Requirements.--
(1) Specific statutory authorization.--Consistent with
section 8(a)(1) of the War Powers Resolution, the Congress
declares that this section is intended to constitute specific
statutory authorization within the meaning of section 5(b) of
the War Powers Resolution.
(2) Applicability of other requirements.--Nothing in this
resolution supercedes any requirement of the War Powers
Mr. LANTOS. Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to yield 1\1/2\ minutes to my
valued colleague, the gentlewoman from California (Ms. Lee), a member
of the Committee on International Relations.
Ms. LEE. Mr. Speaker, I want to thank our ranking member and my
friend for yielding time.
Mr. Speaker, I rise today really with a very heavy heart, one that is
filled with sorrow for the families and the loved ones who were killed
and injured this week. Only the most foolish and the most callous would
not understand the grief that has really gripped our people and
millions across the world.
This unspeakable act on the United States has forced me, however, to
rely on my moral compass, my conscience, and my God for direction.
September 11 changed the world. Our deepest fears now haunt us. Yet I
am convinced that
military action will not prevent further acts of international
terrorism against the United States. This is a very complex and
This resolution will pass, although we all know that the President
can wage a war even without it. However difficult this vote may be,
some of us must urge the use of restraint. Our country is in a state of
mourning. Some of us must say, let us step back for a moment. Let us
just pause for a minute and think through the implications of our
actions today so that this does not spiral out of control.
I have agonized over this vote, but I came to grips with it today and
I came to grips with opposing this resolution during the very painful
yet very beautiful memorial service. As a member of the clergy so
eloquently said, ``As we act, let us not become the evil that we
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