WASHINGTON (AP) — The top Senate Republican says President Barack Obama should seek congressional approval for whatever he decides to do against Islamic State militants.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters Tuesday that seeking congressional approval would be good for the president and for the country.
Lawmakers have been divided over whether Obama needs fresh approval to carry out attacks against the militants, who have been expanding their hold on parts of Iraq and Syria.
McConnell said it would benefit both Obama and the country to have Congress buy into U.S. operations.
The Kentucky Republican made his remarks shortly before he and other congressional leaders headed to the White House, where Obama was meeting with them to discuss his strategy for defeating the militants.