"It would recognize the dangers of an abrupt withdrawal from both conflicts and highlight the need for diplomatic engagement and political solutions to the underlying conflicts in Syria and Afghanistan," McConnell said in the Senate on Tuesday, announcing the change in the law over the currently being debated.
The exact timing of the final vote on the bill, which is being supported by both parties at this time, has not yet been determined.
McConnell added: "It may be tempting to retreat into the comfort and security of our own shores, but there is still much to do … we are not the cops of the world, but we are the leaders of the free World. "
The Senate overwhelmingly voted 74 to 19 Monday to open the debate on a Middle East Bill with new sanctions on Syria. Strengthening US security in the Middle East brings together five bills in one package. It contains new sanctions against the Syrian central bank and against individuals supporting the Syrian government. It strengthens military support for Israel and Jordan, two US allies that are neighbors to Syria. And it makes it easier for states and localities to pass laws to combat boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.
However, he also clearly stated that the group is present in Iraq and Syria
Syria," he said.
Reigning Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters at the same hearing that ISIS lost "99.5% plus" of the territory it once owned in Syria and Iraq by 100%. "
" ISIS can no longer govern in Syria, ISIS has no freedom for mass forces, Syria is no longer a safe haven, "said Shanahan.
Shanahan made the remarks as US intelligence agencies released their Threat Assessment to the world "ISIS is likely to continue to pursue attacks from Iraq and Syria against regional and Western opponents, including the United States."
CNN's Barbara Starr, Zachary Cohen and Eliott C. McLaughlin have commented on this report contributed.