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Northeast Ohio lawmakers weigh in on Syria
Portman, Brown still gathering info
Story by EMILY MCCORD


 
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Congress will face a choice about whether to approve President Obama’s call to use military force in Syria when it returns to session next week. As Emily McCord reports from Ohio Public Radio station WYSO, the plan is raising concerns from Ohio lawmakers.
President Obama made his case over the weekend for a limited military strike against Syria after mounting evidence that President Bashar Assad used chemical weapons. Republican Senator Rob Portman, says he could support a limited strike, but he think the United States shouldn’t go it alone, if at all.

“I do know at this point I cannot support us getting directly involved in that civil war, certainly not having boots on the ground. I think that would be a mistake.”

In Dayton this week, Republican congressman Mike Turner was adamant that he’ll vote no on any military action against Syria

“The President hasn’t made the case. I mean, certainly he has the opportunity to, the doors open. I think other members of congress are also listening. But right now, I think the mood in Congress is not to support this, and I certainly can’t support it.”

Turner feels strongly that sequestration is burdening the US military and until it’s ended, he won’t support the President’s call to action. Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown hasn’t indicated how he’ll vote yet, but he says in a statement he’s wants to build international support and is encouraged the President asked for Congress’ approval on the decision.
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