Potential military strike in Syria sparks concern in Congress


Stephanie Condon
cbsnews.com
August 27, 2013

Some members of Congress are calling on President Obama to get congressional approval — or at least consult more closely with the legislative branch — before launching military strikes against the Syrian government for its alleged use of chemical weapons.

On Monday — giving a clear indication that the administration is readying for action — Secretary of State John Kerry said the evidence “is screaming at us” that chemical weapons were used in Syria. Mr. Obama and his administration have communicated with some lawmakers on the situation in Syria this week, but some congressmen insist the president should follow the War Powers Resolution of 1973 and receive authorization from Congress before using any military force in Syria.

Rep. Scott Rigell, R-Va., a member of the House Armed Services Committee, began collecting signatures in Congress Tuesday for a letter urging Mr. Obama to get congressional approval before launching any strikes.

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