Before the new Congress takes shape in January, members of Congress will return to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for a so called lame duck session to deal with a host of issues ranging from President Obama’s request for additional funding to fight Islamic State in the Middle East to the passage of a temporary spending bill to keep the U.S. government funded beyond December 11th.
Most political analysts expect that Congress won’t allow the government to partially shut down this time around and will pass temporary funding through January or February.
Some of the other issues that are expected to come up during the upcoming lame duck session in Congress include working on a bipartisan debt reduction plan that reduces or replaces the “across the board” sequestration cuts scheduled to return in 2016, and approve a defense policy bill.
On Friday the White House said that it will ask Congress to approve a $ 5.6 billion plan to widen the U.S. led military campaign in Iraq and send an additional 1,500 U.S. troops to the divided country.
During an interview on CBS’s Face the Nation aired on Sunday, President Obama said that the fight against Islamic State has entered a “new phase” and confirmed that the 1,500 American troops would not be engaged in combat and instead play a supportive role with Iraqis fighting Islamic State.
“Essentially, what we’re doing is we’re taking four training centers with coalition members that allow us to bring in Iraqi recruits, some of the Sunni tribes that are still resisting ISIL, giving them proper training, proper equipment, helping them with strategy, helping them with logistics” Obama said.