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  •  The proposed AUMF would be an extremely (0+ / 0-)

    broad grant of power by Congress. The text is here:

    (a) Authorization. — The President is authorized to use the Armed Forces of the United States as he determines to be necessary and appropriate in connection with the use of chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction in the conflict in Syria in order to –

    (1) prevent or deter the use or proliferation (including the transfer to terrorist groups or other state or non-state actors), within, to or from Syria, of any weapons of mass destruction, including chemical or biological weapons or components of or materials used in such weapons; or

    (2) protect the United States and its allies and partners against the threat posed by such weapons.

    As I understand it, Obama wants the AUMF, which would allow him to make war on Syria (and its allies) pretty much as he sees fit.
    But the administration claims that it has the authority to launch a limited attack on Syria without Congressional approval.

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