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Durbin headed to Washington for Syria debate

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Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin has canceled a Tuesday luncheon appearance before Chicago's business and political elite to head to Washington and begin preparing for congressional debate on possible action in Syria.

The No. 2 Senate Democrat was among the 15 members of Congress briefed last week in a call on the situation.

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President Barack Obama says he'll seek congressional approval for military strikes against the Assad regime. He's trying to rally support among Americans and congressmen.

Durbin's spokeswoman didn't immediately return a Monday message seeking comment.

Durbin was to speak about sentencing for nonviolent drug offenders Tuesday before the City Club of Chicago. His office issued a notice Monday that as a member of Senate leadership and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he'll be in Washington preparing for debate instead.

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