Defense News: WASHINGTON — When Congress returns from recess, U.S. President Donald Trump will face a push from some lawmakers who say he should ask for their authorization to wage an extended war in Syria and Iraq.
A top House Republican, Oklahoma Rep. Tom Cole, said the authorization passed after 9/11 has been stretched beyond its original intent. To fight Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces or the Islamic State group, Trump should submit a request to Congress, he told Defense News.
A key GOP strategist as well as a member of the House Budget Committee and the House Appropriations' Defense Subcommittee, Cole — with Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass. — is circulating a letter among House colleagues addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., asking for an authorization of the use of military force.