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Andrew Cuomo: Follow Congressional process in Syrian intervention

Cuomo waded into Washington's debate on US military action against Syria: "I want to see an intelligent, sober, non-political discussion that comes up with an intelligent conclusion through a deliberative process," Cuomo said. "I want to see the federal government work, which means I don't want to see the gridlock we've been seeing. I don't want to see the hyper-partisanship we've been seeing that has political discussion rather than policy discussion."

Cuomo's comments come as Pres. Obama seeks authorization from Congress to strike Syria. Cuomo appeared to endorse Obama's approach of seeking congressional approval, even as Obama himself asserted that he retains the right to order strikes against Syria even without such authorization.

"This is a truly serious, phenomenally serious, topic," Cuomo said. "You're talking about a loss of life. You're talking about possibly putting Americans' lives in harm's way. So the process and the fact that government works and works well is critical here."

Source: Wall Street Journal: 2014 New York State gubernatorial race Sep 4, 2013

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