Senate Democrats compete with GOP to get tough on ISIS

Senate Democrats are pushing for a stronger effort against the Islamic State amid polls showing a rising fear of terrorism among Americans.

The legislation unveiled Wednesday doesn't go as far as Republican efforts to prod President Obama would like in taking a tougher approach against the extremist group, but it's a sign congressional Democrats are concerned that the president's unwillingness to significantly change his strategy is putting the party out of touch with the mood of voters as an election year approaches.

The package includes tough new sanctions on financial institutions caught handling money for the Islamic State, a more aggressive bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria, increased support for local forces fighting the group on the ground and improved screening for refugees coming into Europe.

The package also calls for the appointment of a "czar" to coordinate the fight against the group, even though the president has already appointed an aide, Rob Malley, to fill that position.

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