Reaction Of Senator Patrick Leahy To The President's Remarks On Syria

[Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt., President Pro Tempore of the Senate, and chairman of the State Department and Foreign Operations Subcommittee of the Appropriations Committee) has participated in all of the leadership conference calls that have been held with the President and the Secretaries of State and Defense about the situation in Syria.]

"The President is right to seek authorization from Congress for a response to the Syrian regime's clear violation of international law, in the use of weapons of mass destruction against innocent civilians.  I continue to oppose introducing U.S. troops into this conflict, and I continue to believe that seeking congressional approval of military action is called for.  Given the positions taken by past presidents, the President's decision to seek congressional approval is especially commendable.  I look forward to this debate, and we should have it openly in the Congress."

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