Obama to seek congressional approval in Syria

Obama to seek congressional approval in Syria

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President Barack Obama answers questions during his new conference in the Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The president strongly suggested Tuesday he'd consider military action against Syria if it can be confirmed that President Bashar Assad's government used chemical weapons in the two-year-old civil war. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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by KVUE News

Associated Press

Posted on August 31, 2013 at 1:26 PM

 WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says he has decided that the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack.

   But he says he will seek congressional authorization for the use of force.

   He says congressional leadership plans to hold a debate and a vote as soon as Congress comes back in September.

   Obama says 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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