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Peter King: Obama 'abdicating his responsibility' on Syria

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Statement of U.S. Rep. Peter King, chairman of the House's Homeland Security Subcommittee on Counterintelligence & Terrorism:

“President Obama is abdicating his responsibility as commander-in-chief and undermining the authority of future presidents. The President does not need Congress to authorize a strike on Syria. If Assad's use of chemical weapons against civilians deserves a military response, and I believe it does, and if the President is seeking congressional approval, then he should call Congress back into a special session at the earliest date. The President doesn't need 535 Members of Congress to enforce his own red line.”

Joint statement by the House Republican leadership, including House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington state:



“Under the Constitution, the responsibility to declare war lies with Congress. We are glad the president is seeking authorization for any military action in Syria in response to serious, substantive questions being raised. In consultation with the president, we expect the House to consider a measure the week of September 9th. This provides the president time to make his case to Congress and the American people.”

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