A Democratic senator from Florida says he will introduce legislation giving President
The legislation from Sen.
The senator, a member of the Armed Services Committee, joins others who believe the U.S. already has authority to conduct a military campaign, but Nelson said Tuesday that his legislation would "ensure there's no question."
"We must go after ISIS right away because the U.S. is the only one that can put together a coalition that can stop this group that's intent on barbaric cruelty," said Nelson, using an acronym for the group's former name, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Florida is home to the family of the journalist, Stephen J. Sotloff, whose apparent beheading was depicted on video as retaliation for continued airstrikes in Iraq. Last month, the beheading of another U.S. journalist, James Foley, was shown on video, with the militants then threatening Sotloff on camera. "The life of this American citizen, Obama, depends on your next decision," one militant said.
Congress has remained largely on the sidelines as Obama has conducted more than 100 airstrikes on Islamic State militants in Iraq and considers strikes in Syria.
Confronted with a request for authority to conduct airstrikes in Syria last year, Congress declined to vote on a White House proposal after a chemical weapons attack on civilians believe to be linked to President
This year's debate over Islamic State appears poised to similarly splinter Congress between hawkish lawmakers -- including Sen.
Last week, Sen.