Congress Dodging War Powers Despite US Mission in Syria
DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press
WASHINGTON (AP) — In the fight against Islamic State militants, members of Congress talk tough against extremism. But many lawmakers want to run for cover when it comes to voting on new war powers — preferring to let the president own the battle.
The U.S. military intervention in Iraq and Syria creeps forward, putting more pressure on Congress to vote on a new authorization for the use of military force.
Obama has been relying on congressional authorizations given to President George W. Bush for the war against al-Qaida and the invasion of Iraq.
Thirty-five Republicans and Democrats have called on new House Speaker Paul Ryan to schedule and debate on a war authorization.
Administration officials are to brief members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the issue this coming week.
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