Obama to seek congressional approval on Syria

Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:00:25 AM HST   Updated On: Aug 31 2013 08:10:53 AM HST
Crisis in Syria

President Barack Obama said he has decided that the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack.

But Obama said he will seek congressional authorization for the use of force. He said congressional leadership plans to hold a debate and a vote as soon as Congress comes back in September.

Obama said he has the authority to act on his own, but believes it is important for the country to have a debate.

Military action would be in response to a chemical weapons attack the U.S. says Syrian President Bashar Assad's government carried out against civilians. The U.S. says more than 1,400 Syrians were killed in that attack last week.


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