WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) released the following statement after President Obama spoke from the Pentagon on his strategy in the Middle East:

“Today was another missed opportunity by our President to lead in the war on terrorism and communicate to the American people what is necessary to defeat a growing terrorist organization with global reach. Rather than outlining a comprehensive strategy to destroy ISIS, the American people heard more of President Obama's same tired message.

“I urge the Senate to take up an AUMF which will give President Obama every authority to fully engage, defeat and destroy ISIS wherever they are."

Senator Ernst is a cosponsor of Senator Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) joint resolution for the Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) against the Islamic State (ISIS) and its associated forces.

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