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August 31, 2013

What if Congress Votes Against Syria Attack?

"Following Obama's Saturday address, during which he announced he had decided the United States 'should' take military action in Syria and also decided to seek Congressional approval, administration officials clarified to The Daily Beast that they can't rule out the president might act even if Congress fails to authorize the action of using American military force in Syria. Officials declined to speculate whether Congress would vote to authorize military action or not when it comes back to Washington."

A senior State Department official tells Fox News "the president's decision to take military action in Syria still stands, and will indeed be carried out, regardless of whether Congress votes next week to approve the use of such force."

White House officials told BuzzFeed that Obama "wasn't giving the legal power to authorize the Syria attacks back to Congress, leaving open at least the possibility that Obama could strike after the Congress decides not to authorize strikes."


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