A second American was brutally murdered by ISIS, and Connecticut's lawmakers are adamant the U.S. take action.
"I believe the president must have a strategy. There's been none yet," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn).
"The United States needs to have a response," said Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn).
President Barack Obama ordered airstrikes in the region over the past month, but with Steven Sotloff's murder on Tuesday, there's increasing congressional pressure on him to develop a better strategy--and quickly.
Still, despite public calls for immediate military action, Connecticut's senators said Tuesday that they'd vote no to pitting U.S. troops against ISIS.
"There are a lot of people who want to have a very itchy trigger finger. Their reaction is understandable when you watch this kind of brutality, but our job in Congress is to make sure if we do commit American military force ever again to the Middle East, we do it in a much more thoughtful manner than we have in the past," said Murphy.
"The Iraq government has to have its own airforce. It has to fight this battle and win it on the ground itself. The United States cannot and must not commit prolonged miltary involvement and certainly no troops on the ground and airstrikes or any other military involvement have to be approved by Congress," said Blumenthal.
Whatever foreign policy route is taken, Mark Silk, a professor of religion at Trinity College, said lawmakers won't have it easy predicting what ISIS will do next.
"This really unprecedented activity and it's not the kind of thing that was done when Islam was spreading in its early days. It is not the taxation of Christians and Jews who happen to be living in there. This is quite new radical behavior," said Silk.
Tonight, President Obama authorized the deployment of an additional 350 troops to Baghdad to protect American assets and personnel.