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President awaits congressional approval on military action against Syria

WASHINGTON DC   --  President Obama has said he will wait for congressional approval before launching any strikes against Syria.
 
A vote to authorize a strike won't take place until the full congress returns next week.
But the clock is ticking for the White House to get the necessary support.

The full court press continues...
Today the Obama administration is pushing congress to support a military strike against Syria.

President Obama
This is not Iraq and this is not Afghanistan, it's a limited proportional  step that will send a clear message

The US says nearly 1500 people were killed including at least 400 children in a chemical weapons attack outside the Syrian capital of Damascus last month.

The White House is seeking congressional approval before launching a military response. This morning the President Obama met with top lawmakers at the White House.

President Obama
I would not be going to Congress if I was not serious about consolations

Today Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel go before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee

They'll lay out a case that a failure to act against Syrian President Assad would set a bad precedent  - and potentially embolden rogue nations like Iran and North Korea.

The White House has a tough sell on Capitol Hill - but it may get a boost from one of the president's harshest critics.

McCain:
If the Congress were to reject a resolution like this after the President of the United States has already committed to action, the consequences would be catastrophic.

The United Nations said today that Syria's civil war has forced more than 2 million people out of the country over half are children.

Antonio Guterres, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees: World Syria Refugees   May be the most important foreign policy vote in a decade.