Washington, D.C. - House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon made the following statement in response to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruling regarding the FY 2012 National Defense Authorization Act:
"The ruling by the Second Circuit comes as a welcome, though not unexpected, decision. Regarding Congress’s effort to affirm the authorities underpinning the continued fight against terrorism, the Court noted that there are 'perfectly sensible and legitimate reasons for Congress to have affirmed the nature of the AUMF authority in this way.' It once again confirms that the FY12 NDAA was a necessary, responsible and lawful way to ensure that our men and women in uniform are on the soundest possible legal footing. The AUMF affirmation signed into law by President Obama was carefully drafted and passed with a strong bipartisan majority. It is Congress, not the courts, that has the constitutional authority to provide for the common defense and the Second Circuit’s ruling reflects this reality."