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 BoehnerNancy Pelosi: Will she remain the ‘Face of the Franchise’? Jordan hits campaign trail amid bid for Speaker GOP senator says he 'regularly' considers leaving Republican Party MORE (R-Ohio) says it should wait until next year.

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KainePoll: Kaine leads GOP challenger by 19 points in Va. Senate race GOP offers to ban cameras from testimony of Kavanaugh accuser Corey Stewart fires aide who helped bring far-right ideas to campaign: report 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 PaulConservatives left frustrated as Congress passes big spending bills Senate approves 4B spending bill Some employees' personal data revealed in State Department email breach: report 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.