CBS News reports that "President Barack Obama is poised in coming days to ask Congress for new authority to use U.S. military force against Islamic State militants, the White House said Thursday. But the top Republican in Congress warned it won't be easy to pass the measure and that it will be up to Obama to rally support from lawmakers and the public."
"'His actions are going to be an important part of trying for us to get the votes to actually pass an authorization,' House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said Thursday. 'This is not going to be an easy lift.'"
"White House spokesman Josh Earnest responded that the administration is dedicated to getting a new authorization with support from Republicans and Democrats, and he didn't rule out that the new authorization could be formally submitted to Congress as early as Friday. That's even though Obama has argued new authorization isn't legally necessary and has been ordering airstrikes on militant strongholds in Iraq and Syria for months."