Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill finally agree on something. So, too, do many hawks and doves. Yet, there are no planned votes to approve US military action against the Islamic State.
This week in the GOP-controlled House, Republicans and Democrats are busily holding a series of party-line votes on issues like federal government “overreach” and five Taliban prisoners the Obama administration swapped for five former Taliban members.
In the Democratic-controlled Senate, the parties are squabbling over the majority’s proposed constitutional amendment that would alter campaign-spending limits in federal elections.
Spend a few hours roaming the halls, and it doesn’t take long to find a subject on which Republicans and Democrats agree: Congress should vote on a measure that would formally authorize any additional strikes against IS that President Barack Obama might order in Iraq — and new ones inside Syria.
Welcome to Capitol Hill, where House and Senate leaders hold votes on things that have no chance of becoming law — but struggle to pass things a majority of members support.
“No one I’ve talked to — Democrat or Republican — about this believes we should not have a vote,” Rep. James McGovern, D-Mass., told reporters Tuesday.