Since the U.S. Congress has been in recess through the month of August and will be in session for only nine days in September, the leadership is having difficulties in finding a time slot to fit in what President Obama considers a time sensitive issue.
A recent poison gas attack on civilians in Syria has prompted the President to ask the Congress to confer with him on the advisability of acting militarily to dissuade the regime in power there from conducting any further attacks of that nature on its own citizenry.
Using poison gas in conflicts has largely been frowned upon by the world community since its first large-scale use during the first world war almost one hundred years ago.
However, the Congress has limited time in its schedule for unexpected issues that may intrude upon its time. The Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays are coming up and members have their own pressing issues to resolve between trips home to their districts.
Votes 41 through 55 to overturn Obamacare must take precedence over any superfluous meetings with the President, and motions to impeach the President for various reasons and sundry peccadilloes must also be considered in the time available. (i.e. Kenyan birthplace, Libya, Muslim Brotherhood, etc.)
Time is of the essence. The people expect nothing less than immediate action on these important issues.