INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Indiana’s Congressional delegation is weighing in on the Syrian conflict and the debate over whether the U.S. should take military action.
Hours after President Obama addressed the nation and announced he would seek Congressional approval for a military use of force in Syria, Representative Susan Brooks, a Republican who represents Indiana’s fifth district, said she’s pleased Congress will be consulted, but still has many questions before deciding how she’ll vote.
“What are the objectives if we were to have a military strike?” she asked.
Brooks also said she wants to know the plan if a Syrian ally retaliates against the U.S or one of its Middle Eastern allies.
Congress is expected back on Capitol Hill the week of September 9.
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“I really think we should’ve been brought back sooner,” said Brooks. “There’s no reason we couldn’t have been brought back this weekend or Monday. We can all get there within a day.”
We have listed additional statements below, sent into the 24-Hour News 8 newsroom Saturday:
Rep. Todd Rokita R-IN 4th District
“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.”
Sen. Joe Donnelly D-Indiana
"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 tomorrow for the briefing and look forward to the debate."
Sen. Dan Coats R-Indiana
“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.”
Rep. Luke Messer R-6th District:
“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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