Obama request for Islamic State fight lacks U.S. House backing: top Republican

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Posted: Apr 13, 2015 12:05 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama's request for congressional authorization of military force to fight the Islamic State does not have enough support to pass the U.S. House of Representatives, the chamber's second-ranking Republican said on Monday.

"I do not see a path to 218 (a majority of House votes) with what the president sent up," said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, adding the plan "would weaken our ability to respond to the current situation."

(Reporting by Richard Cowan and Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Susan Heavey)