U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says there are no easy answers when it comes to Syria. Durbin is one of the members of Congress to be briefed about the apparent use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government led by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. As President Obama decides whether to respond with military force, Durbin says that decision cannot come unilaterally.
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“I don’t know what his plans are now in Syria. I don’t know how far he’s going to go,” Durbin said. “There may reach a point and soon where Congress has to take specific action to authorize the president. The Constitution is very clear.” Other members of Congress agree with Durbin. In the House, 116 representatives – 18 of them Democrats – have signed a letter to the president demanding that Congress be allowed to vote before any military action is launched against the Syrian government.