Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said Friday that Congress should formally authorize the airstrikes on Iraq if they are still ongoing when lawmakers return in September.
"The president is acting according to the powers of his office — and Congress must do the same," McGovern said. "If these operations are continuing when Congress returns in September, then Congress needs to take action to authorize them."
Earlier Friday, the U.S. conducted its first airstrikes against ISIS near the Kurdish regional capital of Erbil.
Last month, the House voted 370-40 on a resolution requiring Congress to authorize future sustained combat troops in Iraq.