AirTalk for August 28, 2013

Should Congress be recalled to debate action on Syria?

Should President Obama consult Congress before any action against Syria?

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Should President Obama consult Congress before any action against Syria?

A growing number of lawmakers in Washington are urging President Barack Obama to consult Congress and receive authorization before using military force in Syria. Representative Scott Rigell (R-VA) sent a letter to the White House outlining such arguments, and has at least 65 co-signatories from both sides of the aisle. Californians in the House who have signed are: Rep. John Campbell (R), Rep. Tom McClintock (R) and Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D).

There are different legal interpretations about the President’s power to engage in hostilities abroad without Congressional authorization. Analysts say in the current case of Syria, there is no clear self-defense rationale, however, the War Powers Act only requires Congressional approval if U.S. military action exceeds 60 days.

Guest:

Zoe Lofgren, Democratic Congresswoman representing California’s 19th District (San Jose)


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