Rhode Island’s U.S. Senators are offering lukewarm support of President Barack Obama’s request to use military force against Islamic State militants. The President has asked for military action, unbounded by national borders that could last up to three years.
Senator Jack Reed, the ranking Democrat in the Senate Armed Services Committee said President Obama’s plan for military intervention is overdue. In a statement he calls the plan, a thoughtful proposal, but said Congress must “refine” the President’s request.
Junior Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said after more than a decade of war in the Middle East, he’s concerned about even more military efforts in the region. However he says there is a need for intervention against ISIS, and he will “consider” the president's proposal.
Representative Jim Langevin said he believes any new authorization of force must be "narrowly tailored, to ensure we do not become embroiled in another long-term war." President Obama stressed that the military force would not include extensive U.S. troops on the ground.
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