Senate Democrats Seek More Information on Obama’s ISIS Plan; Two-Part Vote on ISIS Request Predicted

Posted September 12, 2014 at 5:15am

The Senate’s top Pentagon appropriator told reporters Thursday he will be probing the Obama administration about legal authorities for the fight against Islamic State extremists, including in Syria, Roll Call reports.  

“I have a lot of questions to ask about how they’re both interpreting the vote on the invasion of Iraq and the [authorization of use of military force] with Afghanistan,” Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., said after a news conference where Senate Democratic leaders called for Congress to unite behind President Barack Obama as the nation confronts ISIS.  

In another piece, Roll Call’s 218 writes: House Minority Whip Steny H. Hoyer said Thursday afternoon that he expects Congress will vote next week to grant President Barack Obama authority to arm Syrian rebels against the insurgent terrorist group known as the Islamic State or ISIS.  

But the Maryland Democrat also said he expected that that vote wouldn’t be Congress’s last word on the subject.  

“I believe a two-step process is what we will, I think, pursue,” Hayer told CQ Roll Call and the Washington Post on Thursday during a taping of the C-SPAN program “Newsmakers,” set to air on Sunday morning. “I think there will be consideration of the president’s request to train and equip regional players.”