Lawmakers Welcome President Asking For Their OK On Syria

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Lawmakers, many of whom had urged President Obama to seek authority from Congress before going ahead with a military strike against Syria, reacted positively to the decision to do just that.

The president, in a Rose Garden address on Saturday, said that the U.S. should respond militarily to Syria’s Aug. 21 chemical attack that killed more than 1,400 people, but that he would first seek authorization from Congress.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said the president’s role as commander-in-chief is always strengthened when he has the support of lawmakers.

House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders issued a statement saying they had consulted with the president on Saturday and “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.”

New York Democrat Rep. Charles Rangel told CNN that asking Congress for an OK to use force was “the constitutional thing to do” but “I still don’t see how our country is threatened.”

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