Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., a leading force in the Senate for a new authorization, said the reluctance to vote runs deep and that many in Congress prefer to criticize President Obama's policy in Iraq and Syria without either authorizing or stopping the fight.
"There is sort of this belief that if we do not vote, we cannot be held politically accountable. We can just blame the president," Kaine said.
"We are forcing people to be deployed far from home in a theater of war, and risking their lives and losing their lives and members of Congress are like 'I'm afraid of this vote because somebody might try to hold me accountable for it.'"
Either stand up and be counted or get out of the way.