WASHINGTON (AFP) – Republican leaders will seek to convince lawmakers Tuesday to authorise the Pentagon to train and equip moderate Syrian rebels to fight extremists, while also putting checks on President Barack Obama’s use-of-force powers.
The plan will be debated in the House of Representatives and in a closed-door Republican meeting early Tuesday, when party leaders will sell the legislation to their rank-and-file members as a crucial step against the so-called Islamic State (IS), but also one that restricts the White House’s authority.
The amendment is attached to a stop-gap measure funding federal operations through December 11. That bill must pass Congress before fiscal year 2015 begins October 1, or the government faces a shutdown.
Lawmakers are set to leave Washington later this week and not return until after the November 4 congressional elections, leaving limited time to pass the measure. A vote is expected Wednesday.