Two senators from opposing parties are working together to get Congress to debate and vote on allowing military force in the fight against ISIS and other terrorist organizations, according to Roll Call.
"It is past time for Congress to voice its support for the war against ISIS, something many military officers and diplomats working to defeat ISIS have advocated for, and for Congress to assert some of the authority it has abdicated over the years," Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said in a statement, according to Roll Call.
Flake and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) failed in a 2015 attempt to get authorization, according to CNN.
The bill would repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMFs) from 2001 and 2002, and set up an authority that would last five years.
The senators' resolution would allow military operations around the world, but would also require the president to tell Congress why operations were happening if they were outside Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Libya, and Somalia, CNN reported.
Kaine said in a Thursday tweet that the resolution more clearly defines the authorizations.
Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) praised their efforts, according to Roll Call. "It's the best of the U.S. Senate working in a bipartisan way to come up with something that may in fact work," Corker said Thursday.
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