Louisiana's two Democratic congressional members said it is important that Congress votes to support President Obama's plan to lead an international coalition to "degrade and ultimately destroy" the Islamic State militants who seized large portions of Syria and Iraq.

However House Majority Whip Steve Scalise  wasn't ready Wednesday night to embrace the president's plan, saying he wants to meet with fellow Republicans to discuss "the best plan of action to address this serious terrorist threat."

Rep. John Fleming, voiced doubts about arming Syrian insurgents against Islamic militants, saying not enough was known about their intentions, and suggested ground troops might be needed to knock out the Islamic State militants. Sen. Mary Landrieu,  and Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-New Orleans, said it's important for Congress to offer support.

"I support the call for strong military force against ISIS wherever it is operating," Landrieu said. "I am proud that America is able, and I hope willing, to lead this effort with allies and regional partners. Congress should signal its support on behalf of the nation as soon as possible."

{Times Picayune}