US lawmakers begin to grapple with Syria question
WASHINGTON (AP) - Members of Congress, abruptly handed exactly the war powers many had demanded, grappled with whether to sign off on President Barack Obama's plan to punish Syria for an alleged chemical weapons attack.
With Mr Obama's unexpected decision to seek congressional support for a strike against Syria, lawmakers now have a stake in the global credibility of the country.
The debate over what action, if any, Congress might approve is in its infancy as lawmakers prepare for public hearings on Tuesday by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. But the first contours began emerging within hours of Mr Obama's announcement on Saturday.
Sen. John Cornyn, a Texas Republican, said he doesn't believe Syria should go unpunished for the Aug 21 attack near Damascus.