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Despite Capitol Hill calls for a vote, the White House refused to say Wednesday whether President Obama would seek congressional approval before any potential military strike in Iraq.
“I’m not going to engage in hypotheticals about decisions the president may or not make,” press secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday.
A military strike against the Sunni insurgents who have seized much of Iraq’s north and west would appear permissible under a 2002 resolution authorizing the use of military force within the country. But the administration has previously called for that resolution’s repeal, and Carney reiterated that desire on Wednesday.
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have said that regardless of the existing resolution, Obama needs to get congressional approval before any air strike.
“I certainly believe that the president always has to get congressional approval,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), a member of the Foreign Relations Committee. “If there’s an emergency, you may need to come back and get a congressional ratification. That’s the way the process is supposed to work.”