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Elizabeth Warren: Obama Request For Congressional Approval On Syria 'Appropriate'

09/02/2013 01:33 pm ET | Updated Sep 03, 2013

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said "it's appropriate" for President Barack Obama to seek approval from Congress before taking military action in Syria.

"It's appropriate that he ask for that," Warren said at the annual Central Massachusetts AFL-CIO Labor Day breakfast, according to the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

"What the Assad regime did is reprehensible, but we have to consider what's in America's best interest," Warren said.

Obama said Saturday he feels there should be military action in Syria, but said he made a last-minute decision to seek Congressional approval.

"This would not be an open-ended intervention. We would not put boots on the ground. Instead, our action would be designed to be limited in duration and scope," Obama said during remarks in the White House Rose Garden. "But I'm confident we can hold the Assad regime accountable for their use of chemical weapons, deter this kind of behavior, and degrade their capacity to carry it out."

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the House will consider a measure on Syrian military action the week of Sept. 9, when lawmakers return from recess.

But Obama's not waiting to address the issue. According to the AP, the president invited Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to the White House for a Monday meeting to address concerns of those who feel Obama isn't doing enough to punish Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government for an Aug. 21 attack that killed at least 1,429 civilians.

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