President Obama agreed during a meeting with congressional leaders Tuesday to begin preparing draft language for legislation that would authorize the use of military force against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said after the meeting that Obama “indicated he is working towards sending us an authorization for the use of military force” and that he expected the draft proposal in “the near future.”
“I think a good starting place would be for him to tell us what he wants, and provide the initial document off which we would work,” McConnell said.
But a White House official emphasized Tuesday that the administration would continue to solicit input from Congress through meetings with both lawmakers and staff before producing a draft.
“At the request of bipartisan members present at today’s meeting, the White House will continue to work with the Congressional leaders on the details of that language, and we look forward to sharing a draft with Congress that reflects their bipartisan input,” the official said.