Congress Continues To Work To Defeat ISIS

Early March, a retirement home in southern Yemen was the sight of yet more atrocities committed by ISIS extremists. The retirement home was founded by Mother Theresa’s Missionaries of Charity. It was targeted by four gunmen who killed 16 people, four of who were nuns from this congregation. ISIS does not need to be contained – as this administration has stated – they need to be exterminated.

The week of March 14th marked a congressional deadline that required the Administration to make the determination of whether ISIS and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are guilty of genocide. With the history of brutal attacks, and in light of the most recent attack on the retirement home in Yemen, I am proud to have supported the passage of two separate bills to protect the American people:

  • H. Con. Res 75 would designate the persecution and murders committed by ISIS as genocide and war crimes.
  • H. Con. Res 121 would label al-Assad as violator of human rights against his people and guilty of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Although the Administration has repeatedly underestimated the strength and force of ISIS, Congress has not. In February, the deadline in which Congress required the President to submit a strategy to defeat ISIS was missed. Though the Commander in Chief has not submitted any strategy to deal with ISIS, the House of Representatives took actions to fight ISIS – notably increasing military spending and putting a temporary pause on the Syrian refugee relief.

Despite the Administration not recognizing ISIS and President al-Assad as guilty of genocide, Congress is ready to do so. As Speaker Ryan has said, “We are ready to say this. We need to recognize these atrocities with clear eyes. And we need to continue to pray for the persecuted.”

As we just celebrated Easter, and continue to practice our religious freedoms, I will remain working to keep our national security and the American people safe. We need to recognize ISIS as a tangible threat to our way of life and President al-Assad as a war criminal who will stop at nothing to retain power.

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Jim Renacci

Renacci has represented the 16th district of Ohio since 2011 and sits on the Ways and Means Committee and Budget Committee.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 4:38 PM, 04.06.2016