Lawmakers expect resistance to granting Obama war powers

Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress will face some resistance in a vote to authorize President Barack Obama’s war against Islamic State militants despite international outrage over video of militants beheading their captives and burning one alive. War authorizations are among the most difficult issues confronting members of Congress. Several Democrats will be reluctant to approve

new war powers unless there is a clear deadline or some way to pay for the military operation. Some Republicans, strong foes of the president, will object to giving Obama the authority. Obama is poised in coming days to ask Congress for new authority to use US military force against IS, the White House said Thursday. But the top Republican in Congress warned it won’t be easy to pass the measure. Republican House Speaker John Boehner said it will be up to the president to rally support from lawmakers and the public.



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