Following his televised address from the White House Rose Garden Saturday afternoon where he announced he would seek congressional authorization to strike Syria, U.S. President Barack Obama officially reached out to Congress Saturday night. The House and Senate are scheduled to return to the Capitol on Sept. 9 to begin the debate.
"While I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific congressional authorization, I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course, and our actions will be even more effective," Obama reasoned. "We should have this debate, because the issues are too big for business as usual."
A preliminary U.S. government assessment determined that 1,429 people were killed in a chemical weapons attack in the Damascus suburbs on August 21, 2013, including at least 426 children. The U.N., who is currently investigating the claims, could take up to three weeks analyzing their results.
While U.S. officials believe the Syrian government was behind the attack, Syrian officials have denied their involvement blaming the attack on jihadists.
Obama's decision on Saturday put off a cruise missile strike on Syria and the prospect of America entering another war. No word what he will do if Congress rules against striking Syria.