LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - It will be a week until Congress can give President Obama an answer on whether they approve of military action against Syria or not.
State Senator Ron Alting said the answer will come more than a month late.
"Once we knew there was chemical warfare [in Syria] which was about three weeks ago, close to the second of August, what I would've done was call Congress back in," Alting said. "They are getting paid. I would call them back into Washington, then we would have went for a vote then."
Although Alting thinks the president made a late announcement, he does agree with the decision to ask for Congress' approval.
In a statement U.S. Representative Todd Rokita (R-4) said:
“I remain skeptical of intervention in the Syrian conflict at this time, as I do not see a clear and imminent threat to the United States. The President, to his credit, has agreed to seek authorization and make his case to Congress to engage in the Syrian conflict that has entangled an entire region. There will be a serious debate in Congress about the wisdom of such intervention and I will continue to seek additional details on the matter that will rightfully come before Congress.
“To date Hoosiers who have expressed an opinion to me at numerous town hall meetings have unanimously been opposed to intervention in this conflict. I will continue to hold more town halls in the weeks ahead to seek further input. On their behalf, I am ready to have this debate, because in the past we have failed to account for the total cost of war and we must be very selective when in engaging due to the human costs and financial costs. We also need to remember that if these two sides weren't fighting each other, they would be using their time and energy designing ways to fight us.”
Senator Joe Donnelly (D-IN) said:
"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 will be in Washington [Monday] for the briefing and look forward to the debate."
And Senator Dan Coats (R-IN) 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.”
Alting said once the decision is in the hand of Congress, there are still a lot of discussions to have.
"What happened in Syria is horrible," Alting said. "It's happened in other countries and we have not reacted. I think we need to think long and hard in 2013 on where we are going in solving everyone's challenges. That's not a sign of weakness. I keep seeing arguments on this. It's a sign America might be getting smarter as well as getting stronger."
Congress will reconvene September 9.
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