Incoming senators call for debate on fighting Islamic militants

Sen.-elect Thom Tillis (R) of North Carolina and Sen.-elect Gary Peters (D) of Michigan called on Congress Sunday to debate a measure authorizing military strikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

They added to the growing chorus of voices in the Senate calling for a debate on the politically sensitive issue of authorizing another military campaign in the Middle East.

“I think it’s essential that Congress come to the table,” Peters said, noting that lawmakers haven’t had a classified briefing on ISIS “for quite some time now.”

“Congress needs to be intimately involved in these decisions,” he said, arguing that the United States shows more strength in the world community when its executive and legislative branches are united.

“I think it would probably be wise so that you move forward again,” Tillis said. “The president and the Congress need to find opportunities to show some way of coming together.

“That would be a show of good faith from the president and I think it would give Congress more confidence they’re part of the process,” he added.

Tillis said he would vote for a use-of-force resolution.

Senate leaders are not inclined to vote on the issue before the year’s end and Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerFormer top Treasury official to head private equity group GOP strategist Steve Schmidt denounces party, will vote for Democrats Zeal, this time from the center MORE (R-Ohio) says it should wait until next year.

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineParody Trump Hotel website features immigrant detention centers Virginia Dems want answers on alleged detention center abuse Democrats protest Trump's immigration policy from Senate floor MORE (D-Va.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, has been leading the push for a vote on a new use-of-force resolution.

He is in talks with Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulGOP senators call for probe of federal grants on climate change Overnight Health Care — Presented by the Association of American Medical Colleges — Key ObamaCare groups in limbo | Opioids sending thousands of kids into foster care | House passes bill allowing Medicaid to pay for opioid treatments US watchdog: 'We failed' to stem Afghan opium production MORE (R-Ky.) about teaming up on the effort.

Paul, who also sits on the Foreign Relations panel, has urged Congress to declare war against ISIS.

Earlier this month President Obama deployed 1,500 American soldiers to Iraq to train and advise Iraqi and Kurdish troops fighting the Sunni militant movement.