A year into the military operation against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), there is little sign lawmakers are any closer to passing legislation authorizing the war.
Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the first airstrikes against the terrorist group and lawmakers have nothing to show despite President Obama offering a proposed authorization for the use of military force (AUMF).
It’s not that lawmakers haven’t tried.
Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) pledged earlier this year to forge a bipartisan path forward on the war bill, but so far that’s remained elusive for the Foreign Relations’ committee’s top duo.
Corker said that the 19-member committee has brainstormed ideas and he’s sat down with individual lawmakers. But senators aren’t shy about the fact that the committee has struggled to get anywhere.