The US House Armed Services Committee is crafting a measure that would grant President Obama the authority to train and arm Syrian forces to take on the Islamic State, while ensuring Congress is kept in the loop.

Obama last week requested that House GOP leaders include in a two-and-a-half-month government spending bill a provision granting him authority to train and equip Syrian rebels in Saudi Arabia to fight the violent Sunni group inside Syria. But when members of both parties questioned the language, House leaders put off a vote on the continuing resolution (CR).

The delay left the House Armed Services Committee charged with revising the language sent over by the White House. […]