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What To Do In Syria? Where Missouri Stands In Congress

We're finding out where the St. Louis-area's congressional delegation stands on the prospect of using force in Syria.

Patch is taking the pulse of the members of Congress representing the St. Louis area as lawmakers get ready to consider authorizing the use of force in Syria. Photo Credit: U.S. State Department
Patch is taking the pulse of the members of Congress representing the St. Louis area as lawmakers get ready to consider authorizing the use of force in Syria. Photo Credit: U.S. State Department
As members of Congress conduct hearings and get briefings related to President Barack Obama's request to authorize the use of military force in Syria over that country's alleged use of chemical weapons on its own people, Patch is taking the pulse of Missouri's delegation in Congress.

Senate

Over the weekend, The St. Louis Beacon reported that Senator Claire McCaskill's office issued a statement indicating that the use of chemical weapons "crosses a line," and urged a deliberate and proportional response in conjunction with U.S. allies. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday that McCaskill, a Democrat, had not yet indicated her support for a military action but supported the President's move to seek congressional approval. The Beacon reports that GOP Senator Roy Blunt also supports the President's move to seek congressional backing, but said it should have happened sooner.

House

Staff for Representative William "Lacy" Clay's office told Patch that the St. Louis Democrat would not have a statement on the issue until after congressional debate on the resolution. Republican U.S. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer told the Post-Dispatch that he was "very reluctant to support this because, at this point, I do not see an outcome that is in everybody's best interest. I think we're getting ourselves mired in another mess." Republican Representative Ann Wagner issued a statement reported by KSDK-TV that said in part, "I do not believe the President or his Administration have made the case to Congress or more importantly the American people for military action in Syria at this time."

You Tell Us: Do you support U.S. military action in Syria?
srsly September 05, 2013 at 09:46 AM
Those kids coughing, gasping for air and dying sure were good actors. Strange those videos just surfaced after 10 years. Leave it to a commenter on the Patch to break the news to the world. I guess it's time for more faux outrage.
Dan September 05, 2013 at 08:23 PM
When we were involved in Vietnam the point was made that it was a civil war and we had no business interfering. Obviously, this is also a civil war. The United States did not intervene when Sadam used gas against the Kurds so what is different about this situation? Certainly it is horrific and any sane person will oppose the use of chemical weapons, but the US cannot and SHOULD not be the world's policemen. Our military was downsized years ago with the idea we would call up the National Guard and Reserves in times of crisis. Well many of our Guard and Reservists have been deployed to the Middle East 3 and 4 times. We can't fight full time war with part time soldiers. Our troops are tired and have had enough. To require them to fight ANOTHER war in the Middle East (where everyone hates us anyway) is INSANE.
Sonny Pondrom September 08, 2013 at 10:41 AM
NPR today reported that a Syrian, whose family members were gased, said he does not want the US intervention. Not unless it comes as a mediator to their problems. This appears to be the best path to peace.
John September 14, 2013 at 10:22 AM
Take a stand Lacy.
Sonny Pondrom September 14, 2013 at 10:44 AM
Today it was reported that every day, 22 U.S. military men/women who served in war attempt suicide. I don't remember if this is represents the successful number or not, but either way it is terrible. We should stay outside the civil war and try to influence a peace solution.

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