Arizona politicians respond to Obama's stance on military action in Syria

PHOENIX - Many local congressional leaders commend President Obama for seeking approval from congress before any military action is taken in Syria.

Representative Matt Salmon said, "I commend the President for following the Constitution and seeking Congressional approval before taking military action in Syria.  Now it is up to the Administration to convince Congress and the American people that intervening in this two-year long Syrian civil war is in our nation's best interests.  "

Representative Ann Kirkpatrick released this statement:

"Reports that the Syrian government has attacked and killed its own citizens with chemical weapons are deeply disturbing. 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."

U.S. Rep. Ron Barber said, "I am pleased that the president is seeking consultation and approval from Congress on this important decision for our nation. "

AZ-Representative Paul Gosar said:

"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."

Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema says, "I'm deeply troubled by reports concerning the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people. These continuing acts of violence demand attention from the world community."

"Like many Americans, I await specific information detailing what potential action the administration is considering.  I intend to evaluate whether any proposed action will protect and advance American goals and interests once I have been briefed by national security officials," said Sinema.

Arizona Senator John McCain released a statement with Senator Lindsey Graham, saying they cannot support isolated military strikes in Syria that are not part of a strategy to remove President Bashar al-Assad from power. Mccain says anything less would be an inadequate response to crimes against humanity and send the wrong signal to America's friends and allies.

Arizona Senator Jeff Flake said:

"The potential consequences of U.S. military action in Syria are serious. As the Senate prepares to vote on military action, I will review all classified and unclassified information to properly assess the implications of U.S. action and the impact on U.S. interests."

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