News / USA

Some US Lawmakers Demand Congressional Approval on Syria

FILE - President Barack Obama arrives in State Dining Room of the White House, June 14, 2013.FILE - President Barack Obama arrives in State Dining Room of the White House, June 14, 2013.
x
FILE - President Barack Obama arrives in State Dining Room of the White House, June 14, 2013.
FILE - President Barack Obama arrives in State Dining Room of the White House, June 14, 2013.
Cindy Saine
— Some U.S. lawmakers are calling on President Barack Obama to seek congressional approval before authorizing any military strikes in Syria in response to alleged chemical weapon attacks by President Bashar al-Assad.
 
Although White House spokesman Jay Carney said the president is consulting with House and Senate leaders, he did not say whether Obama will seek authorization from Congress for prospective military actions.
 
Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers are expressing concern that Obama may order limited military action in Syria without seeking congressional approval.
 
"I think it’s essential that President Obama comes to Congress, asks for authorization [for a strike on Syria], receives it or not receives it, and then acts with the willingness of the United States Congress," Former House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.). "That’s what President Bush did for previous wars."
 
"I believe a missile strike against al-Assad forces is imminent, and I think that all we will get from President Obama with getting the help of Congress is he will notify us: ‘in 20 minutes, the strikes will begin,'" she added. "And that will just about be it."
 
Representative Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) said there is no military solution to the crisis in Syria and is calling for robust Congressional debate before any U.S. military action is taken.
 
Pressed about calls for congressional authorization, White House spokesman Jay Carney Tuesday indicated the president believes consulting with congressional leaders is enough.
 
"We are engaging in what we believe our responsibility is here, which is to consult with Congress," he said. "That process is under way."
 
Congressman Scott Rigell (R-Va.) is asking fellow representatives to sign a letter to the president calling on him to reconvene Congress and seek approval for any military action. Congress is in recess for two more weeks. Rigell and others have invoked the War Powers Resolution, which requires congressional authorization within 60 days of military action, but both Republican and Democratic presidents have disregarded the resolution in the past.
 
House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, is calling on the president to consult with Congress on what he considers his viable options.
 
A few members of Congress support limited military action in Syria, including Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who have criticized the president for not acting earlier.

You May Like

Uganda Court Annuls Anti-Gay Law

Court says law was passed in parliament without enough members present for a full quorum More

Multimedia Thailand Makes Efforts to Improve Conditions for Migrant Laborers

In Thailand, its not uncommon for parents to bring their children to work; one company, in-collaboration with other organizations, address safety concerns More

In Indonesia, Jihad Video Raises Concern

Video calls on Indonesians to join Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Felipe from: Manteiga
September 03, 2013 12:44 PM
The fall of al-Assad will complete the dethroning of governments opposed to Arab fundamentalism. In Syria, an outcome analogous to the Brotherhood in Egypt may occur.

Our bombing should be planned not only to remove contrarian Assad but also to wipe out or at least weaken the opposition aligned with our adversaries and to strenghten those supporting our views and friendly to Israel. Unless proven wrong I am convinced this, and not Assad, is the main objective of our military intervention. Que sera, sera!


by: Joan Smith from: Miami
August 29, 2013 4:50 PM
Today, I discussed the Syrian situation with my 97 year old Mom. We should ask more 90 year olds their opinion. At her age, there is no ego involvement. She said simply, the guilty party has to apologize. Our country seems so afraid of appearing weak. Strength sometimes comes with the simplest solution. So Mr. President and Legislators, put your egos aside and do nothing except encourage Assad to apologize if, indeed, he is the guilty party. When you think about missiles, think of how you would feel if your son was the target.


by: us from: us
August 27, 2013 8:50 PM
How about quit dragging this country into continuous wars, I guess the military industrial complex does not have enough money or power yet.


by: dominker from: nc
August 27, 2013 6:28 PM
why would the pres. ask this so called congress to do anything. they have not done anything for this country for 5 years . im not a fan of obama i dont like where we are headed or anything he has done. but at least he is doing something so we dont look as weak as we are in the rest of the world


by: wing ding from: chicago
August 27, 2013 6:11 PM
Why should he be any different than any preceding president in asking for congressional approval? Anyway, the buffoons who are elected officials will no doubt succumb to the pressures and approve a military action, which we will rue ...


by: Bob from: U.S.
August 27, 2013 6:10 PM
This is the way the Military/Industrial Complex wants it, so the president will attempt to bypass the congress of the U.S. and do it the way he is told by the military/industrial complex that Eisenhower warned us about many years ago, they have their tentacles into every facet of government.....why do we have a congress if the president has the authority to act unilaterially.?

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
In Thailand, Some Efforts to Improve Conditions For Migrant Laborersi
X
Steve Herman
August 01, 2014 6:22 PM
Thailand has been facing increasing international scrutiny as a hub of human trafficking and slave labor. Some of the kingdom’s companies are striving to improve working conditions, especially for the millions of migrant laborers from surrounding countries. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok takes a look at one initiative for children at construction sites
Video

Video In Thailand, Some Efforts to Improve Conditions For Migrant Laborers

Thailand has been facing increasing international scrutiny as a hub of human trafficking and slave labor. Some of the kingdom’s companies are striving to improve working conditions, especially for the millions of migrant laborers from surrounding countries. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok takes a look at one initiative for children at construction sites
Video

Video Public Raises its Voice on Power Plant Pollution

In the United States, proposed rules to cut pollution from the nation’s 600 coal-fired power plants are generating a heated debate. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, charged with writing and implementing the plan, has already received 300,000 written comments. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, another 1,600 people are lining up this week at EPA headquarters and at satellite offices around the country to give their testimony in person.
Video

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict in Gaza, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities. Probably the most important destination is the local bakery. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Gaza City.
Video

Video China Investigates Powerful Former Security Chief

The public in China is welcoming the Communist Party's decision to investigate one of the country's once most powerful politicians, former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang. Analysts say the move by President Xi Jinping is not only an effort to win more support for the party, but an essential step to furthering much needed economic reforms and removing those who would stand in the way of change. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video US-Funded Program Offers Honduran Children Alternative to Illegal Immigration

President Obama and Central American leaders recently agreed to come up with a plan to address poverty and crime in the region that is fueling the surge of young migrants trying to illegally enter the United States. VOA’s Brian Padden looks at one such program in Honduras - funded in part by the United States - which gives street kids not only food and safety but a chance for a better life without, crossing the border.
Video

Video 'Fab Lab' Igniting Revolution in Kenya

The University of Nairobi’s Science and Technology Park is banking on 3-D prototyping to spark a manufacturing revolution in the country. Lenny Ruvaga has more for from Nairobi's so-called “FabLab” for VOA.
Video

Video Immigrant Influx on Texas Border Heats Up Political Debate

Immigrants from Central America continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas, seeking asylum in the United States, as officials grapple with ways to deal with the problem and provide shelter for thousands of minors among the illegal border crossers. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, the issue is complicated by internal U.S. politics and U.S. relations with the troubled nations that immigrants are fleeing.

AppleAndroid