U.S. House votes in favor of arming and training moderate Syrian rebels as part of President Barack Obama's plan to fight Islamic State militants. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The U.S. House of Representatives voted on Wednesday (September 17) to approve President Barack Obama's plan to arm and train Syrian rebels to battle Islamic State, a major part of his campaign to "degrade and destroy" the Sunni militants. The House approved the measure authorizing the training plan until Dec. 11 by a vote of 273-156. While it was passed with bipartisan support, it was opposed by significant numbers of Democrats and Republicans. "I do not support, nor will I support, combat troops on the ground -- that's not what this is about," said Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. "I believe that Mr. McKeon, who worked so hard to put this amendment together, took many precautions, set a high standard in terms of criteria, standards that the administration and this training must meet," she added. Republican Representative of Texas Ted Poe, said: "The amendment is to train and equip Syrian rebels. Well let's see how that worked in the past when America's trained and equipped individuals. United States has spent billions of dollars in Iraq to train and equip Iraqi soldiers. First time they come in contact with the ISIS numbers, they cut and ran." The measure is attached to a stopgap spending spill also expected to pass the House on Wednesday. The legislation must be passed by the Senate before it can be sent to Obama to sign into law.