President Obama stands with Vice President Joe Biden as he makes a statement about Syria in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013.
(Photo: Charles Dharapak, AP)
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says he's confident he'll be able to work with Congress to pass a resolution authorizing military intervention in Syria.
The president indicated to reporters during a meeting with lawmakers at the White House Tuesday that he's open to changes to his request for congressional authorization for strikes. He said he's serious about consulting with Congress, as long as the resolution sends a clear message to Syrian President Bashar Assad and hampers his ability to use chemical weapons.
Obama said he wants the American people to know, quote, "This is not Iraq, and this is not Afghanistan." He said action in Syria will be limited and proportional.
The meeting in the White House Cabinet room was attended by congressional leaders from both parties in the House and Senate.