A mosque that Shi'ite fighters said was destroyed by Islamic State militants is seen at Lake Tharthar, west of Samarra

House rejects measure to force vote on Islamic State fight

A mosque that Shi'ite fighters said was destroyed by Islamic State militants is seen at Lake Tharthar, west of SamarraBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The House of Representatives rejected an amendment to a defense bill on Thursday that would have forced lawmakers to vote on a formal authorization for the use of military force against Islamic State. The House voted 231 to 196 to defeat the amendment sponsored by Representative Adam Schiff. Republicans, who control a majority of seats in the House, largely voted against the amendment and Schiff’s fellow Democrats generally backed it.

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