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White House Met with GOP, Dem Congressional Aides on ISIS

By    |   Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 01:05 PM

The White House has convened at least two bipartisan meetings with senior aides in each the House and the Senate to explain the president's strategy for fighting the Islamic State (ISIS).

According to Politico, White House officials, including White House counsel Neil Eggleston, also discussed whether the president was required to seek authorization for the use of military force (AUMF) to combat the jihadist group.

"We held these bipartisan discussions as part of our ongoing effort to closely consult with the Hill on our legal authorities, and to offer our assistance as members prepare to debate and possibly consider new AUMFs in the lame duck and beyond," a White House official told Politico.

Politico said that the meetings with top congressional staffers did not suggest there would be action on AUMF, but show that there has been a higher level of dialogue between the White House and Congress on the military strategy than had been previously known.

Congress has already approved of Obama's plan to train and arm Syrian rebels, but there has been ongoing debate in Congress over whether the president needs to seek AUMF for his wider strategy to fight the jihadist organization.

A number of lawmakers have called on the president to back a congressional vote before the midterm elections.  Many of the calls have been led by Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Some high profile Democrats have also said they think the president should get an AUMF from Congress, Politico noted.

Other lawmakers, including House Speaker John Boehner, have said there should be a vote, but that it would be best to delay it until 2015 when a new Congress is in place. 

The White House has long insisted that the president does not need AUMF to move forward with its strategy. 

Most recently, Tony Blinken, the deputy national security adviser, told CBS News' "Face the Nation" on Sunday that the White House would welcome a resolution to authorize the use of force but that the president has existing authorization from the 2001 resolution passed in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

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The White House has convened at least two bipartisan meetings with senior aides in each the House and the Senate to explain the president's strategy for fighting the Islamic State (ISIS).
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