September 18, 2014 6 p.m.
Idaho's Republican U.S. Senators joined their colleagues in the House by saying no to a measure aimed to trained Syrian rebels in an effort to fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, aka ISIS or ISIL.
Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch joined 20 other U.S. Senators - a mix of Democrats and Republicans - in a losing effort to stop the resolution. 78 U.S. Senators - again a mix of Democrats and Republicans - voted in favor of the measure. It heads to the Whte House for its certain signature from President Barack Obama.
Meanwhile, appearing before a House committee on Thursday, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the President was not "going to order American combat ground forces into that area."
And across the Rotunda, Secretary of State John Kerry told a separate House panel that the administration understands the danger of a "slippery slope."
: September 17, 2014 4 p.m.
Idaho's Republican U.S. House Reps. Raul Labrador and Mike Simpson opted to vote against authorization for the arming and training of Syrian rebels as part of the Obama White House's effort to push back against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, aka ISIS or ISIL.
Labrador and Simpson joined 69 GOP and 85 Democratic House representatives in a losing effort. The measure passed 273-156, with 159 Republicans and 114 Democrats voting "aye."
The amendment was shackled to a congressional spending bill that also funds several federal agencies and provides funding to the Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control to respond to the outbreak of the Ebola virus in Africa.
Both Republican House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi strongly supported the legislation.
The spending package heads to the U.S. Senate, which could vote on the measure as early as Thursday, Sept. 17.