Obama doesn't need Congress to intervene in Syria
WASHINGTON, DC (AFP) - United States (US) President Barack Obama has the authority to launch air strikes against Syria. But he has to notify lawmakers in Congress - a process which has begun, according to both sides.
"The administration is actively consulting with members of Congress, and we will continue to have these conversations in the days ahead," US Secretary of States John Kerry said on Monday in a strongly-worded statement on Syria.
The Republican speaker of the House Of Representatives, Mr John Boehner, has had "preliminary communication with the White House about the situation in Syria and any potential US response", his spokesman said.
"The speaker made clear that before any action is taken there must be meaningful consultation with members of Congress, as well as clearly defined objectives and a broader strategy to achieve stability," said the spokesman, Mr Brendan Buck.