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Lawmakers Uneasy About President Obama's War Authorization Request

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Congress is doing two important things on Thursday in the war against ISIS. Congress is doing two important things on Thursday in the war against ISIS.
NBC Right Now-- Congress is doing two important things on Thursday in the war against ISIS. They are looking over the president's request to expand the war and deciding who will be in charge of it.

Thursday afternoon Congress will vote on Ashton Carter as Defense Secretary.

He will take over the war President Obama wants to expand up to three years in Iraq and Syria.

The questions remains; will Congress authorize what the president calls limited "enduring offensive combat"?

Lawmakers said that is a very ambiguous statement, but President Obama said it means he will only send ground troops into harm's way when it is absolutely necessary for our national security.

Some lawmakers said they will not vote if they do not know what the president is asking.

Military leaders insist this war cannot be won by air alone and said they will need troops on the ground to fight ISIS.

In his paperwork to Congress, President Obama also requested the end of the 2002 measure authorizing the Iraq war, but did not touch the 2001 authorization for the campaign in Afghanistan.

A vote on the president's request might not happen until March and between now and then lawmakers said President Obama must to convince the public why we need American troops on the ground.
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