- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Maryland Democrat, said Wednesday the president doesn’t need permission from Congress to continue targeted air strikes in Iraq, but should consult lawmakers if he wants to expand the U.S. mission there.

“The president could do a lot more than he’s doing, legally, but I think the president is really clear he’s not going to do a whole lot more, we’re not talking about boots on the ground, and he is going to consult with Congress,” Mr. Van Hollen said on MSNBC.

Mr. Van Hollen said he believed the Congressional authorization for military action in Iraq from the early 2000s still applied to the current limited actions, but that the president should still consult lawmakers before doing anything more.

“There’s a difference between what the president can do and what he should do,” he said.