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House Democrats reserve endorsement of White House War Powers draft




Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a demonstration against Israeli military operations in Gaza, in downtown Srinagar on July 18, 2014.
Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) during a demonstration against Israeli military operations in Gaza, in downtown Srinagar on July 18, 2014.
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House Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, refrained from endorsing expressly President Barack Obama's request for authorization of military force against "Islamic State" militants.

In a statement, Pelosi said the legislation should be "narrowly tailored" to fight IS. California Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence panel, says he wants "more specific limits" to preclude "another major ground war."

Republicans, including House Speaker John Boehner (OH), are calling for flexibility in the approved military action.

Aside from the political rhetoric, the actual draft resolution from the White House "does not authorize the use of the United States Armed Forces in enduring offensive ground combat operations." It continues to state the authorization "shall terminate three years after the date of the enactment..."

How would Congressional lawmakers alter the language? In your opinion, how should they? Does the threat posed by IS warrant US military action?

With files from the Associated Press.

Guest:

Adam Schiff, Democratic Congressman for California's 28th District including Pasadena, Burbank, Glendale, etc.; Committee assignments include the House Appropriations Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Jeremy Herb, defense reporter for POLITICO

Daniel Newhauser, reporter for the National Journal