Senator Bill Nelson has not relented in his push for more military action against the terrorist organization known as ISIL.
Congress will now face a tough decision on whether or not they will authorize strikes inside of Syria. This after Nelson, D-Florida, proposed legislation that would give President Barack Obama the authority to order airstrikes to prevent terrorist attacks against the United States and our allies.
Nelson, a Democrat and senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says he filed his legislation so there would be no question as to whether or not the president has the authority to order strikes without first going to Congress.
“This is a barbaric group that’s committed heinous acts of torture and murder, and we have to go after them now - not only in Iraq, but in Syria as well,” Nelson said.
According to officials, the administration has ordered airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq to protect the hundreds of Americans on the ground there, including those at the U.S. Consulate.
But some policy experts question whether the administration has clear legal authority, independent of Congress, to broaden the air campaign to strike targets in Syria.