What role should Congress plan when president orders attack?

Gillibrand said, "The chemical attacks by the Assad regime in Syria are unconscionable atrocities and a direct violation of global law; these attacks demand a firm response from the USA and the world community".

"We must keep in mind that we have learned that there are grave risks and unintended consequences in the use of military force, especially unilateral military force".

"The ramifications could be extreme - they may not - but there is a great danger in bumping up against another nuclear power", Paul said.

The Obama administration maintained in 2011 that USA involvement in the months-long air campaign against Libya didn't require congressional permission because American forces were largely playing a supporting role as part of an worldwide coalition.

"My attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much", the president said Wednesday ahead of the decision. Bernie Sanders and Sen. "But I don't think military strikes will do that". "If the last 15 years have shown anything, it'sthat such engagements are disastrous for American security, for the Americaneconomy and for the American people". If the United States were to begin war in Syria, the Congress would need to authorize that first.

"Ensuring that Assad knows he must pay the price when he commits atrocities is the right thing to do", said Senator Chuck Schumer, leader of the Democratic minority in the Senate.

"These attacks demand a firm response from the USA and the world community", she said in a statement to Syracuse.com.

Later on "New Day", Republican Sen.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker said the White House has yet to formulate a grand plan for deeper military involvement in Syria.

Amid measured support for the USA cruise missile attack on a Syrian air base, some vocal Republicans and Democrats are reprimanding the White House for launching the strike without first getting congressional approval.

Shaheen said in 2013, when Assad used chemical weapons on his own people, she voted to support military action.

Having proceeded without United Nations authorization, it would be better if the Administration attempts to explain its actions as lawful, or at least justified, under worldwide law.

He then added that the United States "will take additional action, as necessary and appropriate, to further its important national interests". "There are American boots on the ground in theregion and our military is conducting regular air strikes".

Under the Constitution, it is Congress that has the power to declare war, however the United States has not formally done so since World War II even though there have obviously been numerous conflicts in which the US military has been involved since. "You're not supposed to be able to do it without Congress", she argued.

  • Leroy Wright