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Michael McCaul cites ISIS as greatest threat since 9/11

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Rep. Michael McCaul, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, said this morning that ISIS is the greatest threat to the United States since the Sept. 11 attacks.

McCaul spoke with host George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s "This Week" and suggested that the president will need Congressional authorization to use military force against the brutal and well-funded terrorist group.

“The administration should be in consultation with Congress,” he said, adding that the president should head to the Hill to seek additional terror-fighting authorities.

He’d find allies.

“He should go to Congress right away to get an authorization,” said Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, a panelist on the show.

Earlier this morning, Sen. John McCain told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace that he and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.-S.C., have one top priority for September when the Senate is back in session: repealing the defense cuts implemented by sequestration.

And, per McCaul, pushing back against ISIS isn’t just about doing what’s best for the Middle East. McCaul told Stephanopoulos, “Don’t kid yourself for a second” that ISIS doesn’t have designs on the West.

“There are external operations, I believe, underway,” he added.

And he said hundreds of Americans have joined the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. Because these people have passports and legal travel documents, they present a unique threat to the U.S.

Last week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel made a similar proclamation, saying ISIS is “an imminent threat to every interest we have.” And Gov. Rick Perry, speaking at the Heritage Foundation, said he couldn’t rule out the possibility that ISIS actors have entered the United States illegally via the Southern border.

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