WH pushes $5 billion counterterrorism effort.

OBAMA-RING-closeup-14-clear-photo-as-president-hands-clasped-togetherPresident Obama wants congressional leaders to approve a long-stalled $5 billion counterterrorism fund that could be used to support operations against ISIS.

The president first proposed the fund during a foreign policy address earlier this year at the West Point military academy, but the idea landed with a thud in Congress.

Now the administration views the stalled effort as a way to create the “buy in” the president says he wants to see from Congress in tackling ISIS. The proposal could also give lawmakers cover by not making them take a tough vote on authorizing military action before the midterm elections.

“This is a core component of the president’s strategy for dealing with this and other issues like it around the globe — that is, additional resources that can be used by the United States to build up effective partners so that when the United States has to confront threats like this, that we have well-trained, well-equipped, effective partners that we can work with to confront these problems,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Monday.

Obama is due to meet Tuesday afternoon with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) ahead of a national address Wednesday on his ISIS strategy.

Senate lawmakers will be briefed on Wednesday and the House on Thursday, according to aides.

 

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