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McConnell: Obama working on military force authorization

January 13, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says President Barack Obama is working on sending Congress a new authorization for the use of military force against the Islamic State group.

The Republican was one of several congressional leaders who met with the president Tuesday. McConnell told reporters at a news conference that Obama informed them he would make the request for explicit powers in the U.S. battle against militant extremists.

McConnell said the administration request will be a good starting point and a marker for where the administration stands. He said Congress could use that document to work on new authority.

The administration has relied on congressional authorizations that former President George W. Bush used to justify military action after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks against the U.S.