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Mid-Michigan lawmakers preview president's Syria speech

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(09/10/13) - There were several developments on the Syria front in Washington, D.C. Tuesday, including news the Assad regime accepted a Russia proposal to put its chemical weapons under international control, and a bipartisan alternative in the Senate to a U.S. attack.

It all came just hours before President Obama was to deliver remarks to the nation from the East Room stating his case for military force in Syria.  
 
In regards to that alternative plan, the Associate Press reports, it would call on the UN Security Council to state Syria has chemical weapons and require a UN team to remove them.  Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York, Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, and Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania are part of the bipartisan group working on the plan.
 
"If the Syrian regime and the Russia Federation do what they have to do – it's all up to them, they have to do all the work…if they can meet those goals in a very tight time frame, then maybe that can be the basis of not using force at this time," Casey said
 
So where do our local lawmakers stand on using force against Syria? Right now, Senator Carl Levin supports it, Congresswoman Candice Miller is against it, and Congressmen Dave Camp and Dan Kildee are still undecided.  ABC12 did not hear back from Senator Stabenow's office by deadline.  

ABC12's Washington correspondent Ted Fioraliso spoke to Miller and Kildee about President Obama's speech to the nation.
 
"Obviously, most of the focus is on his characterization of this diplomatic and political opportunity.  I think we know where he stands on the question of whether chemical weapons were used and whether or not he feels the US and he should be authorized to use military action.  I've not made up my mind on that question," Kildee said.
 
When asked if there's anything the president could say in his speech to the nation that would change your Miller's mind, she responded, "No, really.  I've been to a number of classified briefings. I've listened to everything the president has said, I've listened very attentively to Secretary Kerry."
 
Debate on Syria could begin later this week, and a vote as early as next week in both the House and Senate.  The question remains, however, will President Obama go ahead with force even if Congress votes it down.
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