Senator says Democrats do not support president's war powers proposal
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee says that so far, no Democrat in Congress has thrown support behind President Barack Obama's proposal for new war powers to fight Islamic State militants.
The White House must reconcile demands from Democrats who don't want another ground war with the concerns of Republicans who want that option left open.
Legislation will set up the first war vote in Congress in 13 years.
Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee said at a hearing on Wednesday that Obama's proposal has some limitations in terms of duration and the extent of military force that can be used.
He says he hopes the hearing will help start a process where Democrats and Republicans can reach a compromise on a new authorization.