Boehner consults with White House on Syria

The White House has alerted House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) about a potential military response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

Boehner "had preliminary communication" with the White House Monday afternoon about the situation in Syria and how the U.S. military might respond, according to his spokesman, Brendan Buck.

"The Speaker made clear that before any action is taken there must be meaningful consultation with members of Congress, as well as clearly defined objectives and a broader strategy to achieve stability," Buck said.Aides to Boehner said the speaker did not speak directly with the president, but with other administration officials they declined to identify.

Congress is not in session again until Sept. 9, but Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Monday that the Obama administration continues to consult with lawmakers on potential military action. Lawmakers in both parties have said in recent days that they expect to be consulted, with many saying that a brief strike in response to chemical weapons use would not require prior notification.


Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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