Leaders in Congress Respond to Possible Military Intervention in Syria

By KBJR News 1

August 28, 2013 Updated Aug 28, 2013 at 5:19 PM CST

(NNCNOW.com) --- The probable chemical attack in Syria that killed more than 1,300 people on August 21st and injured hundreds more, has prompted major concern from the U.S.

American officials, investigating the attack on the outskirts of the Syrian capital, say all evidence leads them to believe that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and the Syrian regime are responsible for the use of chemical weapons.

The Syrian regime and President al-Assad deny that their forces were involved.

U-S Democratic Senator, Al Franken, from Minnesota, calls the attack an outrage, and calls on the U.S. to respond with force.

"Let me be very clear. We're not talking boots on the ground. We're talking about probably a cruise missile strike, or maybe a strike from bombers but this cannot be allowed to stand," said Senator Franken.

President Barack Obama is waiting for an investigation report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, before making a decision on whether to send in U-S Military troops or possibly respond with missile strikes.

There is a lot of response to this situation in Washington.

On Wednesday, Wisconsin Republican Representative Sean Duffy, said the President has a responsibility to consult with Congress before making any decisions about intervention in Syria, especially if it involves our American military.

Meanwhile a group of lawmakers, including Representative Rick Nolan from Minnesota's 8th Congressional District, sent a letter to President Obama and house leaders today urging them to call Congress back to Washington to deal with the rapidly escalating possibility of U.S. military action against the government of Syria.

Elsa Robins
erobins@kbjr.com

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