WASHINGTON –- Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement today, Saturday, Aug. 31, 2013, after the president’s announcement that he will seek congressional support for the use of military force in response to the Syrian government’s use of chemical weapons:
"The president made a strong case today, and wisely chose to seek congressional support, even though he believes he is not required by law to do so. A congressional vote to authorize the use of force would strengthen the president’s decision to take military action. It is important that the president is seeking support and participation from other countries, including Arab countries.
"I have again urged the president to use this time to help the Syrian people defend themselves by assisting vetted elements of the Syrian opposition in obtaining more effective weapons such as anti-tank weapons."