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Obama to push leaders for $5B counterterrorism relief fund


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216980-obama-to-push-leaders-for-5b-counterterrorism-fundThe Hill:

President Obama is pushing congressional leaders to authorize a broad counterterrorism relief fund that could be used to support operations against Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria.


Doing so might allow the White House and congressional leaders to avoid a tough vote to either authorize or fund military action before the midterm elections and still achieve the “buy in” the president has said he wants from Congress.


White House press secretary Josh Earnest floated the $5 billion counterterrorism fund as something that “would strengthen the hand of this president and future presidents for dealing with urgent situations like this.”

"We're not going to be able to be everywhere all the time," Obama said. "But what we can do is to make sure that we are consistently helping to finance, train, advise military forces with partner countries, including Iraq, that have the capacity to maintain their own security."

He offered the comments in response to questions about what Obama’s message would be to congressional leaders headed to the White House on Tuesday.Scissors-32x32.png



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