Politics & Government

House expected to vote on Obama’s Islamic State strategy Wednesday

Flag of the Islamic State, June 30, 2014 (AP Photo)
Flag of the Islamic State, June 30, 2014 (AP Photo) AP

The House of Representatives is expected to vote Wednesday on an amendment to train and equip moderate forces in Syria as part of President Barack Obama's strategy to combat the Islamic State.

The House Rules Committee agreed to the amendment Monday night as part of a continuing resolution – or CR – to keep the federal government operating beyond Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.

Obama is seeking congressional approval for his plan to arm and train vetted rebels in Syria and has maintained that his strategy will not place U.S. troops in combat roles.

Taking a trust but verify approach, the amendment authored by House Armed Services Committee Chair Buck McKeon, R-Calif., includes language that prevents Obama from embarking on a full scale military operation involving U.S. troops without congressional approval.

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said that he expects bipartisan support on the Syria amendment.

‘I think it will be bipartisan work on both sides,’ McCarthy told reporters following a Republican leadership meeting Monday. ‘Any time you deal with a situation this serious, I think you can come as an American, not from a party perspective.’