Hill Leaders Back Obama on Syria


Top congressional leaders in both parties voiced support Tuesday for President Barack Obama’s plan for military intervention in Syria.

House Speaker John Boehner, who leads a Republican caucus hostile to Obama, said he will back the president’s call for a military response to Bashar Assad’s alleged use of chemical weapons when the House reconvenes next week.

“The use of these weapons has to be responded to and only the United States has the capacity to stop Assad,” Boehner said after meeting with Obama at the White House. “I believe my colleagues should support the president’s call for action.”

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor also backed the president, who put the ball in Congress’ court last weekend when he said he’d seek formal congressional approval for military action.

“America has a compelling national security interest to prevent and respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction, especially by a terrorist…

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