The top Democrat on the House intelligence panel is introducing a bill to authorize President Barack Obama's war against the Islamic State group.

Congressman Adam Schiff of California says he wants to spark debate in Congress over a new authorization to fight Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria and says lawmakers shouldn't wait to see if the White House will send over its own proposal.

In the battle against the militants, Obama has been relying on congressional authorizations that President George W. Bush used to justify military action after 9/11.

The bill Schiff was introducing Wednesday would authorize the use of force against Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria for three years, but prohibit the use of ground forces in a combat mission in either of the two nations.