U.S. lawmakers set last-ditch push for Islamic State war authorization

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Menendez and Sen. Corker welcome Jordan's King Abdullah on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee made a last-ditch push on Thursday to vote on an authorization for the use of military force against Islamic State before they hand full control of Congress over to Republicans next month. As debate intensified in the House of Representatives and Senate over the campaign against the militant Islamist group in Iraq and Syria, Democrats launched a plan to attach a formal authorization for the use of military force as an amendment to a water bill the panel considered – and passed – on Thursday. …

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