WASHINGTON (WAVY) - Congressman Scott Rigell is urging President Barack Obama to consult Congress before engaging the military in Syria.
As the United Nations investigates whether or not chemical weapons were used last week in attacks that killed hundreds of people in Syria, President Obama is reportedly weighing the options on using force against the country and its president.
“As the president considers next steps in Syria, I call on him to consult Congress as prescribed by the War Powers Resolution,” Rigell (VA-2) said Monday. “Congress is not a potted plant in this process, and President Obama should call us back into emergency session before authorizing the use of any military force. We stand ready to share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement.”
Rigell, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, says America’s 2011 action in Libya was a violation of the Wars Powers Resolution because Congress was not consulted and reminds the president of such.
Several countries have already announced support if the U.S. does choose to use force in Syria.
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