Breaking: Obama Delays Congress Vote, Russia Cancels Emergency UN Meeting on Syria (Update)
Reuters says that President Obama has asked Congress to delay voting on the authorization to use force against Syria. The delay, supposedly, is being driven by the proposed deal in which Syria would hand over its chemical weapons to the "international community.
"What he (Obama) wants is to check out the seriousness of the Syrian and the Russian willingness to get rid of those chemical weapons in Syria. He wants time to check it out," Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin told reporters.
Levin made his remarks after a lunch meeting on Capitol Hill that Obama attended. On Monday, the Senate began debating a resolution backing U.S. military strikes against Syria, which was requested by Obama on August 31.