OBAMA TO HOLD OVAL OFFICE MEETING WITH HILL LEADERS ON HOW TO STOP ISLAMIC STATE TERRORISTS

Fox News on September 6, 2014, reported that President Obama will meet on September 9, 2014, with Capitol Hill leaders to discuss pressing foreign-policy issues including how to combat Islamic State terrorists, as Congress comes back from summer break and the president returns from a NATO summit. Excerpts below:

The Oval office meeting is scheduled to include Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada; Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio; and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

They are expected to discuss a range of world issues including whether to launch more air strikes on Islamic State and Russia’s foray into eastern Ukraine.

One likely discussion will be whether Congress will authorize strikes on Islamic State targets in Syria, after Obama last month authorized limited ones in Iraq as part of a humanitarian effort to save Iraqi minorities trapped on a remote mountainside.

Members of Congress have pressed Obama for a plan to combat Islamic State,…

“Now that the president has conducted initial consultations with our allies, and stated his objective to degrade and destroy (Islamic State,) it’s time to present a strategy to Congress,” McConnell said. “I hope he will begin to do that at Tuesday’s meeting. … And where the president believes he lacks authority to execute such a strategy, he needs to explain to the Congress how additional authority for the use of force will protect America.”

McConnell also said he thinks Obama will get “significant” congressional support if he presents a solid, strategic plan but argued his plan to equip the militaries of allied nations as the United States shrinks its global military presence is “untenable.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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