A group of Republican senators are pushing a bill to expand the use of military force to fight ISIS in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the world.
They’ve made the case for a new strategy to defeat the terrorist group that includes a plan to take out its leaders, but they also want to use the military to do so.
This bill is a “good-faith effort,” Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said in a press release.
It was developed during a visit to the U.S. Air Force Academy in Texas.
Cruz said the proposal is “not just a matter of taking out the terrorists, it’s a matter, frankly, of bringing the terrorists to justice.”
The bill would authorize the president to use “all necessary and appropriate force” to combat “an ongoing and imminent threat to the national security of the United States” and to prevent “an imminent act of international terrorism against the United State.”
That would include air strikes against ISIS-held territory, according to a draft of the bill obtained by Fox News.
The draft also outlines how the president could use military force against other nations, but the provision that would allow the president “to use force” in cases of a threat against the U,S.
The bill has not been introduced in the Senate, but is expected to be voted on as soon as Wednesday.
The legislation would “establish a special congressional committee to identify, investigate, and report on the threat posed by foreign terrorist organizations to the United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the United states,” according to the draft.
The committee would include “a representative from each of the major security organizations that have been designated as having a responsibility for countering the threat from foreign terrorist groups,” according a copy of the legislation obtained by FOX News.
It also says the committee would report “on the United Arab Emirates’ efforts to combat the threat of foreign terrorist fighters, including the development of plans to recruit, train, and equip fighters and terrorists.”
A separate bill introduced by Cruz would also provide that the president has “all authority to use all necessary and proper force to prevent an imminent act, or imminent threat of an act of terrorism against U. S. interests.”
It does not include the “all-out military assault” that Cruz said he supported during his confirmation hearings.
But it would also authorize the secretary of defense to authorize the use “air, ground, naval, and special operations forces.”
The proposed legislation is also unlikely to pass the Republican-controlled Senate, where Democrats are pushing for more aggressive military action in Syria and Iraq.
In a letter sent Wednesday to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R (S.C.), the chair of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wrote that the legislation “will not increase our military power, nor will it allow us to defeat ISIS in Iraq or Syria.”
It “would undermine the effectiveness of our effort to prevent the rise of ISIS,” McCain said.
“It is clear that our nation’s leaders are not willing to engage in a more comprehensive strategy to confront the threat we face in the Middle East and North Africa.”
The Senate Armed Service Committee would be the first committee to review the bill and consider its impact on the war on terror.
A draft of a proposed Senate legislation that would expand the war in Syria would be used as a model for the new draft, Sen, Ted Cruz.
The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee would then consider it and the bill would then go to the full Senate.
The proposal would allow Congress to authorize military action against “any country, organization, or actor” if “the president determines that the attack on U.