Draft of resolution authorizing President Obama to use military force against Syria sent to congress
12:18 PM, Aug 31, 2013
5:58 AM, Sep 1, 2013
WASHINGTON - An aide to House Speaker John Boehner says the speaker's office has received a White House draft of a resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force against Syria.
The draft follows through on Obama's decision, announced Saturday, to seek congressional approval for a strike against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.
The resolution lays out the administration's claim that the regime killed more than 1,000 last week in a chemical weapons attack. It says the objective of a U.S. military response would be to "deter, disrupt, prevent and degrade" the regime's ability to use chemical weapons going forward.
The resolution authorizes Obama to use the military as he determines "necessary and appropriate" to serve that goal.
The draft doesn't lay out a timeline for action. But it does say only a political settlement can resolve the Syrian crisis.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says public hearings before the Foreign Relations Committee and classified and unclassified briefings for senators are being scheduled for next week.
Both the Senate and the House plan a vote on the matter no later than the week of Sept. 9.