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Shortly after Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn and other Congressional leaders urged President Obama to explain what vital national interests are at stake in Syria, the commander-in-chief did just that.

Then the president went one step further, announcing that he will ask Congress to endorse the administration's plan to punish the regime of Bashar Assad for allegedly using chemical weapons on his own people.

Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz praised the president's decision.

I am very glad that President Obama has listened to the bipartisan calls for him to go to Congress and seek congressional authorization before any possible use of force in Syria, he said. It was the right thing to do, and in making that decision, it seems he agrees that there's no imminent threat requiring action before Congress can consider the issues and make the decision.

Cruz conceded,however, that he is troubled by the administration's arguments in favor of military action in Syria.

In my view, U.S. military force is justified only to protect the vital national security interests of the United States, the state's junior senator said.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) both said they expect their members to hold a vote during the week of September 9.

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