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2 Michigan Republicans want Pres. Obama to consult with Congress on Syria

Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

Two Michigan Congressmen have signed a letter demanding the White House consult with Congress before taking military action against Syria.

West Michigan Congressman Justin Amash and Upper Peninsula Representative Dan Benishek joined 19 other Republicans and one Democrat lawmaker in sending a letter to the president.

They want President Obama to get an authorization from Congress before taking any military action against Syria.

Military action appears more and more likely after a deadly attack on Syrian civilians which may have involved chemical weapons used by government forces.

But isolationists in Congress oppose another U.S. military intervention in the Middle East.   In the letter Amash and Benishek signed, it cites the 1973 War Powers Resolution. 

The letter asks the president to reconvene Congress early to take up any military authorization.   Otherwise, Congress does not return to work until September 9th.

For more on the situation in Syria, follow NPR News.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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