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Obama confident Congress will vote to strike Syria

David Jackson
September 3, 2013

President Obama said Tuesday he believes Congress will vote to authorize military action against Syria, and he is willing to work with lawmakers on the wording of a specific resolution.

“We have high confidence that Syria used — in an indiscriminate fashion — chemical weapons that killed thousands of people, including over 400 children,” Obama said before meeting with members of Congress at the White House.

Obama said he is willing to work on the wording as long as it preserves the mission of sending “a clear message” to the government of Bashar Assad, “degrading his capabilities to use chemical weapons, not just now but also in the future.”

A congressional vote could be close. Some lawmakers have said the United States should not get involved in Syria; others question whether the administration has proved that Assad’s government fired chemical weapons at Syrian rebels.

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