President Obama announced Saturday he would seek Congressional approval for any military action in Syria to respond to reports of chemical weapons being used in that country's ongoing civil war. Congress reconvenes September 9. Both of eastern Iowa's U.S. House members issued statements following the President's announcement.
Rep. Dave Loebsack wrote, "I
have called on the President to seek congressional authorization but
before any action is taken, the administration must make the case to the
American people and the American people must support it. As a member of
the House Armed Services Committee, I was briefed by the White House
and believe the Administration must lay out
their strategic reasoning behind military action, define the national
security reasoning for such action, and establish an end goal for
potential use of force.
"The use of chemical weapons against civilians is morally reprehensible
and should be unequivocally condemned by the international
community. However, after more than a decade of war during which time
our troops and military families have made great sacrifices
on our behalf, we must exercise extreme caution in undertaking military
Rep. Bruce Braley wrote, "Congress should be a part of deciding the proper use of American force in Syria and ensuring that, before we take action, there is a plan for the aftermath of any military intervention. I believe the President is making the right decision to seek Congressional authorization before taking any military action in Syria.
"In the coming days, I will carefully review the case for military action in Syria. Before putting American lives at risk and spending millions of taxpayer dollars, we must be confident that any American involvement in Syria serves our national security interests first and avoids getting the United States involved in an open-ended military commitment.
"I urge House leaders to call Congress back into session immediately to debate this important question."
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