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Local lawmakers express concerns about situation in Syria

Louisiana lawmakers express their concern on whether President Barack Obama should use military action against Syria.
Louisiana lawmakers express their concern on whether President Barack Obama should use military action against Syria.

U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu released this statement Saturday:

"Using military force in Syria is a serious matter, and the President is correct to seek Congressional approval. I will carefully examine the facts in the coming days as Congress debates what the appropriate action is."

U.S. Senator David Vitter, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, participated a few hours ago in a conference with other committee members and Obama administration officials about the situation in Syria. On the call Vitter strongly urged the President not to take any military action without first getting explicit authorization from Congress through a vote.

"The situation in Syria is obviously very, very serious. But any U.S. military action must be preceded by making the case a lot more clearly to the American people, and then winning explicit Congressional authorization,” Vitter said in the meeting.

"There's no imminent threat to the United States or even our allies," Vitter argued. "So there's no excuse for the President to act without going to Congress first, which can be done in a matter of days."

Senator Vitter also said he thinks it's horrendous that a torrent of leaks have been coming from senior officials in the administration. "This puts American soldiers at greater risk, pure and simple," he has said.

The administration is offering classified briefings beginning Sunday to any lawmaker who wants to know what really happened in Syria.

While the President says he's seeking permission from Congress - he says he won't ask for the blessing of the United Nations.




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