Obama to Seek Congressional Approval for Military Action in Syria

b_250_0_16777215_00_images_obgrabber_2013-08_f6c42bc3bf.jpgBRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Obama hopes to get support from Congress to take military action against the regime of Bashar al-Assad for the use of chemical weapons in Syria. "I have decided the U.S. should take military action against Syrian regime targets," Obama said in a press conference from the White House Rose Garden Saturday afternoon.

Obama said the decision to attack is not "time sensitive... It will be effective tomorrow or next week or one month from now." The president said he is seeking congressional authorization for action against Syria when Congress is back in session. Congressional leaders have agreed to schedule a debate and a vote when they return.

Congress will be back in session Sept. 9.

"Our security and values demand we cannot turn away. I'm ready to act in the face of this outrage," Obama said. A low din of chanting could be heard underneath the president's remarks as demonstrators both for and against US intervention staged afternoon rallies outside the White House compound. The announcement comes after lawmakers voiced concern this week that the White House would strike without collaboration with Capitol Hill and the same day top White House security staff briefed the Senate's parties in an unclassified conference call.

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