POSTED: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 8:00am
UPDATED: Monday, September 2, 2013 - 8:45am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — President Barack Obama said Saturday that he has decided that the United States should take military action in Syria but that he will seek a vote in Congress to authorize that use of force.
"All of us should be accountable as we move forward and that can only be accomplished with a vote," he said in calling for congressional action.
"While I believe I have the authority to carry out this military action without specific Congressional authorization, I know that the country will be stronger if we take this course and our actions will be even more effective," he said. "We should have this debate, because the issues are too big for business as usual."
As the president spoke, protesters outside the White House could be heard in the Rose Garden chanting their opposition to military action.
Obama said that he spoke Saturday morning with leaders of both parties and both houses of Congress and that "they've agreed to schedule a debate and then a vote as soon as Congress comes back into session," he said.
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