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House Likely to Vote on Obama’s ISIS Plan Next Week

House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) will likely hold a vote next week on authorizing President Obama’s plan to confront ISIS.

Obama needs congressional authorization to train the Syrian rebels that he hopes will provide a moderate counterweight to ISIS and dictator Bashar Assad’s regime; he also needs permission to work with other governments to train the rebels. If the plan is authorized, the president can get what funds he needs from the overseas contingency operations fund that has been used to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Boehner will likely hold two votes: one on the continuing resolution that must pass in order to avoid a government shutdown, and another on the ISIS authorization. Nothing is settled yet, but this is the likeliest scenario, according to congressional sources.

The expectation that the votes will be separated from each other reflects the fact that lawmakers think such an important topic should stand on its own, according to one Hill staffer.

It may also make it easier to pass both bills, as many liberals are expected to vote against the ISIS plan and some Republicans could defect on the continuing resolution.

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