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After President Obama announced he is seeking authorization
from Congress before taking action in Syria, lawmakers across the QCA spoke
On Sunday Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) Harkin released this
"I have just attended a classified Congressional
briefing on Syria that quite frankly raised more questions than it
answered. I found the evidence presented
by Administration officials to be circumstantial. The atrocious use of chemical weapons against
civilians is an affront to human values and a violation of international
law. It should be condemned by the
international community as a whole.
"The coming debate in Congress will hopefully shine the light on
outstanding questions -- as will the results of the U.N. inspection team. We must wait for these results before any
action is taken. What I hear from Iowans
is that the Middle East has a complex history and the conflicts there will not
be solved by U.S. military action alone.
We should not rush into what may become a new open-ended war without
broad international backing or a full understanding of the ramifications."
Saturday, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement today regarding
the situation in Syria:
"The President gave a
powerful and historic speech this afternoon, challenging Congress and the
American people to begin a debate about how to respond to the atrocities in
Syria. As we decide what, if anything, we will do as nation to respond, the
President has called for a national conversation and for Congress to approve
any use of force. That is the right first step.
What has happened in Syria
is a moral outrage. Syrian President Assad has used chemical weapons against
his own people, including hundreds of children. The civilized world must now
decide how to respond."
But in my conversations
and briefings over the last few days, one thing has been made clear: no US
troops will be committed to fight in Syria. We have ended the war in Iraq and
are winding down the war in Afghanistan - the longest war in our nation's
history. The cost of human lives and treasure to our country over the last 12
years of war has been overwhelming. If we can do something to discourage Assad
and others like him from using chemical weapons without engaging in a war and
without making a long-term military commitment of the United States, I'm open
to that debate."
Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL)
told KWQC-TV on Saturday night:
"What has happened in
Syria is unthinkable and a horrible reality.
President Assad used chemical weapons against his own people, including
hundreds of children - an act that should not be tolerated and deserves a
response. However, many questions remain
before we can determine the most appropriate course of action.
The President is right to
include Congress on this decision. Now we must debate on the best response, if
any, by our country. If we can take
steps to reign in Assad's use of chemical weapons without engaging in a war and
committing troops, I'm open to weighing courses of action with a clear purpose
and defined end goals."
Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA)
released the following statement Saturday:
"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
I urge House leaders to
call Congress back into session immediately to debate this important
And Rep. Dave Loebsack
(D-IA) released the following statement Saturday following the President's
speech on the situation in Syria.
"I have called on the
President to seek congressional authorization but more importantly, 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