Federal lawmakers representing southeastern North Carolina are divided on whether to approve a resolution in support of military action in Syria.
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Federal lawmakers representing southeastern North Carolina are divided on whether to approve a resolution in support of military action in Syria.
Senators Richard Burr (R) and Kay Hagan (D) support a limited strike that does not include troops on the ground.
Rep. Walter Jones (R) vows to vote against any proposal to authorize military intervention.
Rep. Mike McIntyre was originally undecided, but is now opposed to military action in Syria.
Read the full statements from each lawmaker below:
Sen. Richard Burr (R)
"Civilized people should be outraged by the deaths of thousands of Syrian civilians and the many more who have been maimed in this horrible civil war. The Syrian regime's use of chemical weapons against civilians is morally repugnant and violates long held standards of conduct. Short of putting troops on the ground, it is time for the United States and our NATO allies to take necessary, punitive military action against the Syrian regime and send a clear signal to its leadership, and others in the region who may be contemplating using weapons of this nature, that there are consequences for these actions."
Sen. Kay Hagan (D)
"It is shocking and deplorable that the Assad regime would use chemical weapons on its own people, and the international community cannot allow this to happen without serious consequences. I believe seeking Congressional authority is the appropriate way forward. Without putting American troops on the ground, the atrocities in Syria require a strong response that will prevent them from happening again and ensure that Syria's chemical weapons stockpile does not fall into the hands of terrorists and further destabilize the Middle East."
Rep. Walter Jones (R)
"I will vote against any proposal to authorize U.S. military intervention in Syria," said Congressman Jones. "The reality of America's dismal fiscal situation is that any money spent to bomb Syria will be borrowed from overseas or will be taken from the Defense Department's already-shrinking budget – resulting in even fewer resources for Eastern North Carolina military installations. Neither of these options is acceptable."
"Furthermore, there are serious questions about the credibility of the Obama administration's claims regarding the use of sarin gas in Syria. The president has failed to explain how our national security depends on engaging in yet another Middle Eastern civil war on the side of radical Islamist rebels who have been documented as possessing sarin gas and beheading Christians, among other atrocities."
Rep. Mike McIntyre (D)
Originally, McIntyre said, "It is the constitutional responsibility of Congress to provide for the common defense of our citizens, our communities and our country. The recent actions in Syria raise very serious concerns regarding the use of chemical weapons, and it is appropriate that any potential military response be discussed with and debated by Congress. As this debate moves forward, the important question to be answered is whether our involvement in a foreign country's civil war meets the threshold of endangering our own national security."
However, in a news release Tuesday, he expressed opposition to military action in Syria, saying, "The important constitutional question to be answered regarding our country's potential involvement in a foreign country's civil war is whether such action meets the threshold of endangering our national security.
The recent actions in Syria raise very serious concerns regarding the use of chemical weapons.
After a careful review of the current situation and an analysis of information provided through several sources, including top secret briefings, it is apparent that humanitarian and diplomatic assistance, including a review of potential international control of Syrian chemical weapons, is appropriate, but I will NOT support a military strike against Syria for four key reasons:
1) The civil war in Syria is not a direct threat to our national security;
2) Neither the U.S. nor our allies have been attacked;
3) A military strike does not resolve the ongoing conflict in Syria and the Middle East, and the consequences are too unpredictable; and
4) The overwhelming majority of the citizens of eastern North Carolina have expressed their strong objection to military action in Syria."
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