President Obama urged Congress members to take a "prompt vote" by early next week on the use of force in Syria.
Lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow for a limited, narrow strike by the US in response to the Assad regime's alleged use of chemical weapons, Politico reports.
The situation in Syria "poses a serious national security threat to the United States and the region, and as a consequence Assad...needs to be held accountable," Obama said.
"We're going to be asking for hearings and a prompt vote....this is not Iraq, this is not Afghanistan," Obama said, Politico reports. "This is a limited, proportional step that will send a message not only to the Assad regime, but to other countries that may be interested in testing these international norms, that there are consequences."
Obama said he was confident Congress would approve the measure.
Via Politico Breaking News Alerts