Barrasso, King want Congress recalled for ISIS vote

Sens. John BarrassoJohn Anthony BarrassoLatest Trump proposal on endangered species could limit future habitat, critics say Republicans dismiss Trump proposal to delay election Barrasso nuclear bill latest GOP effort to boost uranium mining MORE (R-Wyo) and Angus KingAngus KingSenate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package Trump's pitch to Maine lobstermen falls flat OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Court cancels shutdown of Dakota Access Pipeline | US could avoid 4.5M early deaths by fighting climate change, study finds | Officials warn of increasing cyber threats to critical infrastructure during pandemic MORE (I-Maine) agreed Sunday that President Obama should call Congress back to vote on whether to declare war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).


Both senators said it’s important for Congress to assert its constitutional authority to declare war, and not let Obama go it alone with airstrikes and training local fighters.

“The president has an obligation to call us back to start this debate,” Barrasso said on “Fox News Sunday.”

“I think we have an obligation. The prime minister of Britain called the British Parliament back,” he added. “No member of Congress should be left off the hook.”

Barrasso said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) does not want to have the vote and put Democrats on the record supporting or opposing the ISIS fight.

“The decision to go to war was to be made by the people closest to the ground, the elected officials, to make those decisions,” he said. “I think that the public deserves it, they should be demanding it.

King told Chris Wallace that the Fox News host would be disappointed if he expected King to disagree.

“I think we ought to be there, we ought to be debating it,” he said.

But King warned that the timing can be dangerous near midterms. The last force authorization vote during midterms was in 2002, to fight Iraq, and King said the election tainted lawmakers’ judgment.

“I don’t think that was Congress’s finest moment,” King said.