US President Barack Obama on Wednesday sent Congress proposed legislation to approve military action against ISIL.
The proposed new Authorization for the use of Military Force against ISIL "or associated persons or forces" includes no geographic limitations and prohibits the "enduring" deployment of U.S. ground forces, although it does not ban limited forces if the President deems they are necessary.
The approval would expire in three years, allowing a new president and Congress to decide if it needs to be extended or expanded.
Congressional Republicans have indicated that debate on the proposal could take several months.
The White House announced on Wednesday that Obama would make a statement on the proposed legislation from the White House in the afternoon.