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article imageBoehner: Syrian strike something the 'country needs to do'

By Michael Krebs     Sep 3, 2013 in Politics
Washington - Leadership from both parties in the House expressed their support for President Obama's desire for a military strike on Syria, with House Speaker John Boehner stressing the need for the US to act.
President Obama received significant political support on Tuesday, as Republican and Democratic leadership in the House shared the president's interest in striking the Syrian government militarily, Politico reported.
With most congressional lawmakers back from their summer break, deciding votes in on the Syrian question in the Senate and the House are looming.
However, House Speaker John Boehner's support for military action was a particularly important development and a significant victory for the Obama administration.
“This is something that the United States as a country needs to do,” Boehner said, according to Politico. “I’m going to support the president’s call for action, and I believe my colleagues should support the president’s call for action.”
But Boehner's comments were not echoed by all House Republicans.
"The President has some work to do to recover from his grave missteps in Syria. He needs to clearly demonstrate that the use of military force would strengthen America's security,” Rep Paul Ryan (R-WI) said in a statement, as NBC News reported. “I want to hear his case to Congress and to the American people."
It is widely believed that Obama will receive support from the Senate, however the House remains in question. Boehner may be challenged in bringing the House together, as there are considerable isolationists with Libertarian leanings within the House Republican ranks.
“The use of these weapons has to be responded to,” Boehner insisted, according to NBC News. "And only the United States has the capability and capacity to stop Assad and to warn others around the world that this type of behavior is not going to be tolerated."
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