Shortly after President Barack Obama's declaration on Saturday that he will seek congressional authorization before launching a military attack against the Syrian government, U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Ga) released a statement supporting Obama's military plans.
In his address, President Obama said he is looking forward to a debate in Congress about the intervention in Syria, but stopped short of calling lawmakers back into session.
The U.S. congressmen are on their summer break right now, scheduled to end on September 9.
“It is appropriate for the president to seek authorization from Congress, although I wish he would have called us back to vote on this immediately rather than waiting until Sept. 9," said the Georgia senator. "I support the use of military action in Syria. If we fail to take strong action again Syria for this horrendous attack, then we are sending a signal to Syria as well as to Iran and North Korea that they are accountable to no one.”
The President will have an easier time getting approval by U.S. Senate, where his Democratic Party is in majority and most of the Republican members, such as Isakson, are likely to support the Syrian involvement.
Obama might face some resistance from the Republican-led House of Representatives where political division has been much more pronounced than in the upper chamber.
According to CNN reports out of Washington, Congress might reconvene before September 9th despite the fact that the President didn't call for it.