Given a say in whether to strike Syria, congressional lawmakers begin debating what to do

  • by: LAURIE KELLMAN , Associated Press
  • Updated: August 31, 2013 - 9:55 PM

WASHINGTON — Members of Congress, abruptly handed exactly the war powers many had demanded, grappled Saturday with whether to sign off on President Barack Obama's plan to punish Syria for an alleged chemical weapons attack. Now with a stake in the nation's global credibility, lawmakers were seeking more information about the possible consequences of striking a region without knowing what would happen next.

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