THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
September 9, 2014
Readout of the President and Vice President’s Meeting with Congressional Leaders on National Security Issues
The President, Vice President and Congressional Leaders had a productive discussion and the Leaders expressed their support for efforts to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL. The President told the Leaders that he has the authority he needs to take action against ISIL in accordance with the mission he will lay out in his address tomorrow night. He reiterated his belief that the nation is stronger and our efforts more effective when the President and Congress work together to combat a national security threat like ISIL. The President told the Leaders that he would welcome action by the Congress that would aid the overall effort and demonstrate to the world that the United States is united in defeating the threat from ISIL. The President and his team look forward to continuing extensive consultation with Congress.