As the situation in Syria continues to unfold, local politicians have responded to President Barack Obama’s decision.
Congresswoman Jackie Walorski released a statement saying:
“The American people deserve the opportunity to have their voices heard in Congress regarding the situation in Syria, and I respect the President’s decision to seek a congressional vote concerning future military action. I urge Congress to return to Washington immediately so that President Obama can make the case to lawmakers and the American people as to how military action could fulfill a comprehensive strategy to protect our national interests and shield our allies. The president’s red line was already crossed, yet it still remains unclear how his recent consideration for a ‘limited, narrow act’ will deter the Assad regime, and I look forward to hearing the Administration’s specific plan in the coming days.”
Senator Joe Donnelly also responded saying:
“As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I am following the situation very closely. I support President Obama's decision to seek Congressional approval. Like all Hoosiers, I strongly condemn the use of chemical weapons and am carefully reviewing proposed options for ongoing humanitarian assistance and possible military action. I was in Washington today for the briefing and look forward to the debate.”
And Senator Dan Coats said:
“The president's decision to set a 'red line' with Syria while failing to have a long-term strategy in place unfortunately has left the U.S. without any good options. I am pleased, however, that President Obama is seeking authorization from Congress for potential military action in Syria so the American people can have a voice in this debate. I will be traveling across Indiana next week to hear from Hoosiers so I can take their views back to Washington. I will continue to urge the administration to work with our friends and allies on a comprehensive strategy to address the broader challenges throughout the region.”
The response comes after members of Congress were briefed on the Obama administration’s case against the Syrian government.