TOPEKA, KS -- President Obama announced Saturday that the United States should take military action in Syria after the alleged use of chemical weapons against citizens, even children. But, the President said Saturday afternoon, he will ask Congress to approve military strikes on Syria, rather than give the attack order himself.
Nicolette Schleisman has the reaction from Kansas' delegation on Capitol Hill.
Congresswoman, Lynn Jenkins says she is glad the President is seeking Congress' approval.
Saturday afternoon, Jenkins released this statement:
"I am pleased the president is seeking Congress' authorization, as required under the Constitution, for military action against Syria. As I said last week when I requested the President bring this issue before Congress, I am unconvinced military action against Syria is in our nation's best interest and I plan to oppose authorization."
It is consistent with a statement Jenkins released Wednesday encouraging the President to stay out of Syria, saying in part, "The United States of America cannot continue to act as the world's police force in areas of the world where our help is not wanted."
Jenkins joined Kansas Representative Kevin Yoder in opposing a military strike.
Senator Jerry Moran released this statement Saturday night in response to the President's announcement:
"Congress will soon use its Constitutionally-vested power to debate and vote on whether to intervene in Syria. America cannot afford another conflict that taxes our resources without achieving goals that advance American interests, and I will not support authorizing military action against Syria at this time."
President Obama did appeal to Congressional Leaders Saturday to consider their values and responsibilities before debating military action in the civil war torn country. President Obama says he has already spoken to top Congressional Leaders who have agreed to schedule a debate on the matter when Congress returns to Washington on September 9.
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