WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement regarding President Obama’s Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) request:

“For several months the Obama Administration has been engaging in military conduct without authorization from Congress, and it is long past time for the White House to seek an AUMF from Congress, which is the only body that has the constitutional authority to declare war.  It will be beneficial to have serious public hearings and debates over the plan that was presented.  Congress should strengthen the AUMF by making sure the President is committed to clear objectives and a specific plan to accomplish those goals. That should begin by clearly defining the enemy as ‘radical Islamic terrorists.’  We will not be able to win the war against radical Islamic terrorism as long as our Commander-in-Chief refuses to recognize who it is we are fighting.”