Push to write new war powers for Obama stalls in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — A move to write new war powers to authorize the Obama administration’s battle against Islamic State militants has stalled in Congress.

It might even be dead.

President Barack Obama doesn’t seem to mind.

And while lawmakers say they don’t want to give up their check on a commander-in-chief’s authority to use military might, they have little interest in having what would be the first war vote in Congress in 13 years.

After Obama ordered airstrikes in August over Iraq and in September over Syria against IS militants, lawmakers complained that he was justifying the action with war powers written to authorize conflicts after 9/11.

Today, there is hardly a word about it on Capitol Hill.

Push to write new war powers for Obama stalls in Congress