Top Republican: Congress cannot be 'brushed aside' on Syria

Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryTime for Action on Bahrain When wise men attack: Why Gates is wrong about Clinton, Libya Internal memo: Refugee program vulnerable to fraud MORE briefed Royce Monday evening about the administration's options. The White House has said Obama would respond after concluding that Bashar Assad's regime used chemical weapons in an attack that rebels say killed more than 1,300 people last week.

Royce is but the latest lawmaker to make the case that Congress should authorize military force. A growing number of House members are signing on to a letter from Rep. Scott RigellScott RigellGOP rep: Trump doesn't have one trait I'd want my son to emulate GOP lawmakers urge RNC to cut ties with Trump House Republican 'leaning' toward vote for Gary Johnson MORE (R-Va.) demanding the president consult Congress.

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