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Obama to Seek Congressional Authorization for Use of Force in Syria

2:05 PM, Aug 31, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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President Barack Obama announced today that he'd seek congressional authorization for the use of force in Syria:

"I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people's representatives in Congress," said Obama. "For the last several days, we've heard from members of Congress who want their voices to be heard. I absolutely agree. So this morning I spoke with all four congressional leaders, and they've agreed to schedule a debate and then a vote as soon as Congress comes back into session. In the coming days, my administration stands ready to provide every member with the information they need to understand what happened in Syria and why it has such profound implications for America's national security. And all of us should be accountable as we move forward, and that can only be accomplished with a vote."

President Obama, for his part, says military action in Syria is "necessary":

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