US President Barack Obama soon will send lawmakers a measure that would legally authorize America’s fight against the Islamic State, says one congressional leader.
Following a meeting between Obama and congressional leaders at the White House, Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told reporters he expects the president will send Congress an authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) in “the near future.”
McConnell said that during the meeting, Obama “indicated he is working toward sending us an authorization of the use of military force.”
“I think a good starting place is for him to tell us what he wants, and to provide the initial document of which we would work,” McConnell said. “And my feeling is that we’re just going to get that some time in the near future.”
Republican lawmakers, including another participant in the Tuesday meeting, House Speaker Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, have been calling on Obama to submit a draft AUMF for several months.
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., told reporters last week that he is meeting with military officials and the White House’s coordinator for the fight, retired Marine Gen. John Allen, about an AUMF.
Corker wants to hold hearings at the committee level, then craft legislation and hold votes in committees before either chamber votes on an Islamic State authorization.
Source:: Middle East / Africa