U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement after President Obama's request for congressional authorization of the use of military force:
"Today the president advised me that he will seek an authorization for the use of force from the congress prior to initiating any combat operations against Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons. The president's role as commander-in-chief is always strengthened when he enjoys the expressed support of the congress."
Republican Sen. Rand Paul issued this statement Saturday afternoon: "I am encouraged President Obama now says he will fulfill his constitutional obligation to seek authorization for any potential military action in Syria. This is the most important decision any president or any senator must make, and it deserves vigorous debate."
U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Louisville, posted the following comment on Facebook:
"The President made the right decision to come to Congress on the use of force in Syria. I look forward to this critical debate."
U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Vanceburg, made this statement on Twitter:
"#POTUS says USA will be stronger if he follows #constitution & gets AUMF, but he's prepared to violate it if we don't agree with him. #syria"
Herald-leader staff report