Key Senate Democrat says Democrats oppose 'blank check' for Islamic State fight

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Posted: Mar 11, 2015 9:55 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Wednesday congressional Democrats do not want to give President Barack Obama, or any president, an "open-ended authorization for war, a blank check" for the U.S. campaign against Islamic State militants.

Senator Robert Menendez spoke at a hearing with top administration officials as senators begin considering Obama's request for a formal authorization for the seven-month-old campaign against the group.

Obama's request to authorize military force against Islamic State has made little progress since he sent it to Congress a month ago, and may never pass, due largely to opposition from his fellow Democrats.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; editing by Doina Chiacu)