Nebraska Congressmen Sound Off On Syria

By: WOWT Email
By: WOWT Email

Nebraska Congressman Jeff Fortenberry says a military strike on Syria would be a mistake. Another local lawmaker says President Obama needs to get Congressional approval, before he orders military action.

Heartland representatives are sounding off about plans to attack, after a deadly suspected chemical attack killed more than 1,400 people in the country.

Congressman Lee Terry says he has yet to clear a strategy on Syria come from the White House.

"Presidential leadership and a clear explanation of our strategy is important because it will take the public’s confidence and Congressional will to sustain any military action," says Rep. Terry.

Rep. Fortenberry supports a push for congressional approval. He is also encouraging Speaker John Boehner to introduce a resolution opposing military intervention in Syria.

"The U.S. should not bomb Syrians in the name of stopping violence in Syria," reads a statement from Fortenberry's office. "The collateral damage and destabilization risks are too high.”

Two Iowa Congressmen, Rep. Tom Latham & Rep. David Loebsack have signed a letter urging the president to seek Congressional approval. The President says he has not made a decision yet.

Lawmakers sat through a 90-minute briefing on the situation in the country Thursday night.

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