#AceBreakingNews – UNITED STATES (Washington) – September 11 – Legislation to prevent a government shut-down hit a wall Wednesday, as lawmakers splintered over whether to include a White House request for new authority to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels the Hill reported.
The White House is pushing Congress for authority to arm and train moderate Syrian rebels as part of a stopgap spending bill lawmakers hope to pass this week.
The president is seeking an expansion of the administration’s Title 10 authority — part of the U.S. code that governs military powers. The additional Title 10 authority would authorize the White House to train and advise the Syrian rebels — not merely equip them, as has been happening already. The legislation could also enable the U.S. to accept funding from foreign governments to bolster the Syrian opposition.
The official declined to say whether the president believed he could move ahead on those fronts without explicit congressional authorization.
Even though President Obama told congressional leaders on Tuesday he won’t need their authorization to expand his military campaign against Islamic State terrorists.
Obama offered the assurance at a private White House meeting one day before a prime-time address he’s scheduled to give to the nation.
Contributions Justin Sink and Mike Lillis @The Hill