Moments ago, President Barack Obama spoke to the nation and the world about his plans to use our military against Syria because of their use of chemical weapons. Obama said our forces are in place for an attack and that the Pentagon is ready to go upon orders from the Commander in Chief.
President Obama said that while he does not need approval from congress, he will wait for congress to vote on the use of military power against Syria.
Obama said he “has spoken to all four leaders" of the Senate and the House, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, the Speaker of the House John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Obama said that “all four have promised a debate then a vote" when they return from their August recess, which is on September 9.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor who sets the work schedule for the House, has announced that he will not ask Congress to return early for the debate and vote. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is considering an early return for a debate and then a vote.
While President Obama does not need approval from Congress and will be seeking it anyway, he did not say what he would do if Congress votes against the use of our military.
Watch the full speech attached to this article.
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