The White House is expected to ask the U.S. Congress soon for a formal authorization to use military force against Islamic State, a top Republican senator said on Thursday.
Bob Corker, who heads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he has been talking to officials from President Barack Obama’s administration and was optimistic they might soon spell out to Congress what they would like to see in an authorization.
“I had a conversation yesterday evening with them about it,” Corker told reporters at the U.S. Capitol.
“They need to let us know the type of authorization they are seeking, and I think that that may happen in the near future, the very near future,” the Tennessee Republican said, declining to give a more specific time frame.
The White House had no immediate comment.
The Obama administration has argued that its five-month-long campaign of air strikes in Iraq and Syria against Islamic State militants is legal, based on authorization passed in the early 2000s under President George W. Bush for the Iraq War and fighting al Qaeda and associated groups.