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Should President Obama Consult Congress Before Taking Action in Syria? [POLL]

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It appears as though the United States is moving closer and closer to action in Syria. Americans aren’t sold on the idea of air strikes on Syria and any other possible action that may follow. Members of Congress are demanding that President Obama consult and get authorization from them before launching a strike according to ABC News:

On Monday, Boehner had what his office termed as “preliminary communication” with the White House, although an aide said Boehner, who was on the call, did not personally speak with Obama.

“The speaker made clear that before any action is taken there must be meaningful consultation with members of Congress, as well as clearly defined objectives and a broader strategy to achieve stability,” Michael Steel, a spokesman for the speaker, wrote in a statement Monday.

Some members of Congress, such as Rep. Justin Amash, are demanding that the president first acquire congressional authorization before going forward with any sort of military strike.

Amash, a second-term Republican from Michigan, asked Boehner today to call the House of Representatives back into session for a debate and vote on authorization, and asserted that a strike authorized by the president without congressional authorization is “unquestionably unconstitutional” and “illegal,” citing the War Powers Act.

Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., agreed – pointing to Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution, which gives Congress – not the President – the power to declare war.

Despite U.S. military action in more than a dozen theaters of conflict over the past 70 years, the United States has not formally declared war on any country since World War II, when it declared war on Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania on June 5, 1942.

Congress last authorized U.S. military combat for Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003, although the president has authorized military action against countries such as Libya as recently as 2011.

Do you think the President needs to consult Congress first before taking action in Syria?


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