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Josh Rogin

Islamic State War Authorization Goes Nowhere, Again

A bipartisan plan fails to appeal to either party.
Getting ISIS in his grasp?

Getting ISIS in his grasp?

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee debated a new authorization for the use of force against the Islamic State on Tuesday, only to give up for now because it failed to garner broad support and threatened to derail an unrelated bill. The episode bodes poorly for future Congressional oversight of President Barack Obama’s war.

On Tuesday morning, Democrat Tim Kaine of Virginia and Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona were touting the bipartisan bill they crafted to authorize the fight against the Islamic State, which Obama has been waging for nearly a year now while relying on several existing authorities. Kaine and Flake intended to offer the bill as amendment to the larger State Department authorization bill, which was set for a committee vote Tuesday afternoon.