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On Wednesday night, President Barack Obama will speak to the nation about U.S. strategy to "degrade, and ultimately destroy" the Islamic militant group ISIS (also called ISIL), which recently beheaded two American journalists it captured in Syria.
Obama will say that the U.S. will wage a "sustained counter-terrorism strategy" but won't send any combat troops in Iraq or Syria to fight the militant group.
The conservative activists who played a key role in sparking the government shutdown last fall are waging a similar battle this year, pushing House Republicans to threaten a standoff over a credit agency that a large majority of Americans haven't heard of or don't care about.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid chastised House Republicans after they met Tuesday with former Vice President Dick Cheney and discussed potential U.S. military action against the radical Islamic group ISIS.
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that President Barack Obama should seek congressional approval for the U.S. strategy on ISIS.
"The view of myself and most of my members is the president should be seeking congressional approval, period, for whatever he decides to do because that's the way you hear from those of us who represent everyone in the country," the Kentucky Republican said.
President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak to the nation on Wednesday night at 9 p.m EST from the State Floor of the White House about the terrorist group ISIS (also called ISIL), which recently executed two American journalists they captured in Syria.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president will "discuss with the American people the threat posed by ISIL and to lay out the United States’ strategy for degrading and ultimately destroying the terrorist group."
When Congress returns this week, House Republican leaders' mission will be to act swiftly to fund the government and avoid the drama of a shutdown confrontation.
The task appears simple: pass legislation to keep the federal government operating as it currently is when the new fiscal year begins on Oct. 1 — no extraneous provisions, no gamesmanship like last year.