Boehner: Obama Must Justify Syria Intervention

    WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 01: House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) speaks to the media during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill, August 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. Speaker Boehner talked about issues pending before Congress during his last news conference before Congress goes into recess until September.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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    House Speaker John Boehner wrote a letter to President Obama demanding he answer questions about how a military intervention in Syria fits into the U.S.'s overall strategy and how the country will pay for the cost. Boehner's letter, dated August 28, also asked the president to explain why the administration doesn’t think it needs congressional approval to launch a military strike. “It is essential that you provide a clear, unambiguous explanation of how military action ... will secure U.S. objectives and how it fits into your overall policy,” Boehner wrote. A second letter, signed by 114 House lawmakers, requested that the president seek congressional authorization before deploying troops. Congress is not in session until September 9.




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