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White House sends Congress draft Syria resolution

White House sends Congress draft Syria resolution

By Ina Ronquillo. CREATED Aug 31, 2013

WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House has sent Congress a draft of a resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force against Syria.
   
The draft follows through on Obama's decision, announced Saturday, to seek congressional approval for a strike against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime.
   
The resolution lays out the administration's claim that Assad's regime killed more than 1,000 last week in a chemical weapons attack. It says the objective of a U.S. military response would be to "deter, disrupt, prevent and degrade" the regime's ability to use chemical weapons going forward.
   
The resolution authorizes Obama to use the military as he determines "necessary and appropriate" to serve that goal.
   
The draft doesn't lay out a timeline for action. But it does say only a political settlement can resolve the Syrian crisis.

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Ina Ronquillo

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Ina is a Southern Arizona native. She graduated from Nogales High School and then received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Arizona with a double major in Media Arts and Communication.