(09/04/13) - As President Barack Obama continues his push to get lawmakers to support military strikes against Syria, Mid-Michigan lawmakers on Capitol Hill are weighing in.
At a news conference this week in Flint, Senator Debbie Stabenow was touting a new jobs initiative. Creating a stronger work force was the senator's message ,but not to far from her mind was Syria.
"We've all been going through phone calls and briefings and we'll begin a formal debate next week," she said.
Stabenow is the latest Mid-Michigan lawmaker on Capitol Hill to share her stance on a limited missile strike in the region following allegations the Syrian President used chemical weapons on his own people.
"As someone who did not vote to go into Iraq, I have to look at things very skeptically, but I have to say the evidence is there, that in fact chemical weapons have been used against children, innocent families," she said.
The Senator stopped short of fully supporting a missile strike, but did express the urgency for some sort of U.S. response.
"While I do not support boots on the ground, we have to very carefully look at some measured response, ideally with the international community," she said.
The senator believes congress will take a vote next week - one she's happy the commander and chief is allowing to happen.
"I think it was right," she said. "Even though the President does have the authority to make the decision himself, I think it was right for him to ask congress to support it, so there is a unified voice on behalf of our country."
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