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Aug 31, 2013 4:08 PM by Van Nguyen

UPDATE: AZ lawmakers react to Obama's decision to consult Congress on military action in Syria

UPDATE - Rep. Raul Grijalva spoke to New 4 Tucson Saturday.

"I'm very reluctant to support the resolution. We'll wait until after September 8th to see what the resolution says. But instinctively, and from what I know, I'm probably going to be one of those people that is not in support of the resolution," Grijalva said. "For us to entangle ourselves, just as we're getting out of Afghanistan and Iraq, I think would be a major policy mistake. Not only in the Middle East, but for the standing of this country in the long haul."

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick issued a news release Saturday.

"Reports that the Syrian government has attacked and killed its own citizens with chemical weapons are deeply disturbing," Kirkpatrick stated. "As President Obama and our military and intelligence leaders consider a response, it's critical that Congress is closely consulted and the American people are properly informed. A U.S. military response to Syria's brutality bears great risks and repercussions, and therefore should meet a high standard of transparency to earn the support of our nation."

TUCSON - Several lawmakers in Arizona are responding to President Obama's announcement that he will seek congressional authorization for a limited military strike in response to the use of chemical weapons against civilians in Syria.

Congressman Ron Barber issued this statement Saturday.

He says, "I am pleased that the President is seeking consultation and approval from Congress on this important decision for our nation. This use of chemical weapons is a terrible assault against innocent men, women and more than 400 children. The United States and the nations of the world must condemn such a heinous crime against humanity. I look forward to the debate in Congress regarding the President's decision and to receiving additional information regarding the U.S. government's findings and proposed military action against Syria. Before I vote on this issue, I want to hear the administration's complete rationale for action and the potential impact on other nations and our allies in the region. Congress must consider both the proposed response and the potential consequences of military action."

Representative Paul Gosar also issued a statement.

He says, "At last, President Obama decided to follow the Constitution and allow Congress to decide whether our nation goes to war. Make no mistake, dropping even a handful of cruise weapons is an act of war. Now it is up to Congress and the American people to decide whether to go to war with Syria. It would be a shame for the President to be applauded, after six years, for simply following the Constitution and finally understanding how our system of government works."


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