Republican leaders opened their first full legislative day in five weeks by pressing the commander in chief to spell out his plan for fighting the Islamic State (IS).
As many members on Capitol Hill clamor for a vote on any US military strikes that President Barack Obama might order against the violent Sunni group, he is preparing to lay out his plans to the American people on Wednesday evening.
But House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., say they are tired of waiting for the president to unveil his war plans. They expect to hear Obama’s intentions during a meeting with him and other congressional leaders Tuesday at the White House.
“The president has conducted initial consultations with our allies, and stated his objective to degrade and destroy [the Islamic State], it’s time to present a strategy to Congress,” McConnell said on the Senate floor. “I hope he will begin to do that today.”
“He needs to identify military objectives, and explain how those ends will be accomplished,” McConnell said. “He needs to present this plan to the Congress and the American people, and where the president believes he lacks authority to execute such a strategy, he needs to explain to the Congress how additional authority for the use of force will protect America.”
Boehner told reporters Tuesday morning that “what I’m hoping to hear from the president today is a strategy that goes after [the Islamic State], and destroys them.”