Nelson urges immediate strike on Syria

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), a senior member the Senate Armed Services Committee, said that while he supports Obama's decision to seek congressional approval on Syria, immediate military action is needed. 

"The president wants to put to rest any doubt the American people may have.  I support the president's decision. But as far as I’m concerned, we should strike in Syria today," he said in a statement shortly following Obama's Saturday afternoon remarks. "The use of chemical weapons was inhumane, and those responsible should be forced to suffer the consequences."

Obama said Saturday afternoon that while he had decided "the United States should take military action against Syrian regime targets," he would seek congressional approval for military action before moving forward.

House leadership said the lower chamber will consider authorizing a strike on Syria the week of Sept. 9, postponing any military action — which had initially looked imminent — until that week, when Congress is set to return from recess.