Here's where our five local congressmen -- including the Speaker John Boehner -- stand on attacking Syria for using chemical weapons against its people.
Steve Chabot and Luke Messer sit on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, which is holding a special hearing at noon today. Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel are expected to testify before the Committee.
SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER, OH- 8
Boehner gave President Barack Obama critical support for military action while insisting a congressional resolution be rewritten to prohibit combat troops on the ground, the Associated Press reported.
Boehner emerged from a White House meeting Tuesday and said the United States has "enemies around the world that need to understand that we're not going to tolerate this type of behavior. We also have allies around the world and allies in the region who also need to know that America will be there and stand up when it's necessary."
The measure would set a time limit of 60 days and says the president could extend that for 30 more days unless Congress votes otherwise.
Boehner also supported Obama's decision to seek congressional approval.
“Under the Constitution, the responsibility to declare war lies with Congress. We are glad the president is seeking authorization for any military action in Syria in response to serious, substantive questions being raised.”
STEVE CHABOT, OH-1
"I am reserving my judgment until I have had the opportunity to review all the available evidence, listen to the Administration, and listen to my constituents.
"I have many concerns. Is the limited military action apparently being considered by the Obama Administration significant enough to do any real good? Or will it just stir up the proverbial hornets’ nest? Is it too little too late?"
BRAD WENSTRUP, OH-2
“I do not support 'boots on the ground' in Syria, but I am open to evaluating other possible actions by the United States in response to Assad’s actions. Additionally, I believe that we are well positioned to provide humanitarian assistance to the millions of refugees fleeing from this two-year conflict.”
THOMAS MASSIE, KY- 4
“I am vehemently opposed to U.S. military involvement in Syria. In June, I introduced HR 2507, the War Powers Protection Act of 2013, to block unauthorized U.S. military and paramilitary involvement in Syria. Since our national security interests in Syria are unclear, and because Syria poses no imminent threat, I plan to vote against authorizing the use of military force in Syria.”
LUKE MESSER, IN-6
“I respect the President's commitment to seek Congressional authorization before taking military action in Syria. Given the urgency of this matter, I believe Congress should return immediately to debate and address the issue. Under the circumstances, a nine day delay is not appropriate. A decision must be made.”
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