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Our constitution is clear -- the U.S. Congress has the obligation and power to approve the use of military force.

I sent a letter to President Obama, now signed by more than 60 Members, that we must have a congressional debate before any military action is undertaken in Syria.

Certainly the human rights violations and loss of life in Syria are horrific.

Yet blindly rushing into yet another military effort will not help. When there's a fire, the proper response is not to pour gasoline on it.

It is vital that Congress have a full debate before the U.S. takes military action. In fact, nearly 80 percent of Americans in an NBC poll agree.

If you agree, please sign my petition as a citizen co-sponsor here.

Sat Aug 31, 2013 at 2:11 PM PT: Update: Gratified that President Obama has called for a congressional debate and vote on Syria. Thanks, DK community, for your support.

Originally posted to Barbara Lee on Fri Aug 30, 2013 at 04:28 PM PDT.

Also republished by Kitchen Table Kibitzing and Group W: Resisting War.

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