By Ken Esten Cooke —
Congressman Lamar Smith said he supported President Barack Obama’s strikes on the Islamic State this week, but is hesitant to authorize more powers to the president if strikes continue beyond 90 days.
Smith was in town as a guest at the Fredericksburg Rotary Club which met Monday at Fredericksburg Inn and Suites.
“ISIS, or the Islamic State, is a real threat to every freedom-loving person in the world,” Smith said. “Last Wednesday, I voted to authorize the president to equip, train and assist rebels in Syria. But if the president doesn’t come back to Congress and get authority from us under the War Powers Act, I’m not going to give him the benefit of the doubt in the future.”
Smith said when Congress returns in November, it will be “a time of reckoning,” citing the Nov. 4 elections, which will determine if both houses of Congress become Republican majority.