President to ask Congress for support of military action

18. President Barack Obama speaks in the James Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, April 15, 2013, following the explosions at the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama says he will seek congressional approval before launching any military action meant to punish Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack that killed hundreds. Speaking from the White House Rose Garden this afternoon, Obama said the United States should take military action, but the country “will be better off” if Congress weighs in on the decision. He said lawmakers should consider the message the U.S. is sending if a dictator is allowed to kill hundreds of children with chemical weapons.

WASHINGTON (AP) – Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says the president’s role as commander in chief is strengthened when he has the support of lawmakers. McConnell made the comment following President Barack Obama’s announcement that he had told congressional leaders he wanted to punish Syria for a chemical weapons attack but would first seek congressional approval.

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – A U.N. inspection team has arrived in The Hague with biological samples collected from the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria. The samples are to be sent to laboratories around Europe to check for traces of poison gas. A U.S. intelligence assessment says the attack was carried out by Syrian President Bashar Assad’s government and killed 1,429 civilians, including more than 400 children.

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