The White House said that it will consult with Congress before taking any military action against the Syrian regime. However, it did not promise that it would wait for Congressional authorization before taking action, something that would make the strikes unconstitutional.
From Roll Call:
President Barack Obama will consult Congress on Syria, according to a White House official — something Speaker John A. Boehner has sought before any military action is taken.
“We will be consulting appropriately with the Congress,” the official said in response to a question from CQ Roll Call about the president’s meeting this morning with his advisers to discuss options in response to reports of a possible massacre via chemical weapons in Syria.
“Once we ascertain the facts, the President will make an informed decision about how to respond,” a White House official said. “We have a range of options available, and we are going to act very deliberately so that we’re making decisions consistent with our national interest as well as our assessment of what can advance our objectives in Syria.”
The Constitution requires Obama to wait for Congress to authorize the use of military force before he can order strikes, unless he is acting in the national defense. Striking Syria without first getting authorization would be an unconstitutional use of power.
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