Saturday, August 31, 2013

Lawmakers Applaud Obama Seeking Congressional Authorization on Syria - ABC News

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress are applauding President Obama’s decision to seek congressional authorization on a potential military strike against Syria.
“Today the President advised me that he will seek an authorization for the use of force from the Congress prior to initiating any combat operations against Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons. The President’s role as commander-in-chief is always strengthened when he enjoys the expressed support of the Congress,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said in a statement. 
“Under the Constitution, the responsibility to declare war lies with Congress. We are glad the president is seeking authorization for any military action in Syria in response to serious, substantive questions being raised. In consultation with the president, we expect the House to consider a measure the week of September 9th. This provides the president time to make his case to Congress and the American people,” the House Republican leadership, including House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., wrote in a joint statement.

“President Obama is right that the debate and authorization by Congress for action will make our country and the response in Syria stronger,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a statement.....................

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