Congress to Obama: Get tougher on Islamic State

Congressional Republicans are looking for ways to press President Obama to do more against the Islamic State as the reach of its terror spreads and threatens to hit the United States.

House Republican leaders have taken up the president's challenge for opponents of his strategy to come up with their own plan. A task force consisting of six committee chairmen — Armed Services, Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, Homeland Security, Judiciary and Appropriations — is considering new measures designed to promote a tougher line against the extremists. Congressional sources said the process was still in the early stages, and the task force was still seeking input from members before deciding on what options to pursue.

"Two weeks ago it was France. Next week, it could be us," House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, R-Calif., said in a statement to the Washington Examiner. "The White House needs to get serious about eliminating this terrorist threat."

Right now, lawmakers are pushing legislation, which Obama has threatened to veto, that would impose more restrictions on a plan to accept 10,000 refugees from Syria in fiscal 2017. Congressional leaders fast-tracked the measure in response to evidence that the Islamic State was using the flow of hundreds of thousands of Syrians into Europe to hide terrorists.

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