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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, September 08, 2013 2:08 pm

A look at key future dates in the US-Syria debate

By The Associated Press

A look ahead at events in the political debate on whether to launch a U.S. strike against the Syrian government, which the Obama administration says has used chemical weapons:


President Obama is scheduled to be interviewed by a half-dozen broadcast and cable networks (NOTE: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, CNN). Congress resumes work after its summer break and a classified briefing for House members is set. Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, plans to discuss Syria in a speech at the New America Foundation and meet with the Congressional Black Caucus.


Obama's chief of staff Denis McDonough to meet with House Democratic Caucus, whose support could be crucial as the president faces opposition within the Republican majority. Obama scheduled to make a national TV address at 9 p.m. from the White House.


Likely first showdown vote in the Senate over a resolution that would authorize "limited and specified use" of U.S. armed forces against Syria for no more than 90 days and bar ground troops from combat. A final vote is expected at week's end. The administration is expected to hold a classified briefing for senators.


A House vote appears likely.