Florida Congressmen React To President's Speech On Syria

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Statement from U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II issued the following statement today in reaction to President Obama’s decision to seek congressional authorization before initiating military action against Syria:

"The President is right to seek authorization from Congress before launching military action, in accordance with the 1973 War Powers Act. While Syria's Bashar al-Assad is a tyrant and a threat to his people's freedoms, I share the concerns of many Americans who are weary of launching a mission that is currently undefined and lacks a clear end game. I look forward hearing from my constituents and bringing their perspectives to the table when Congress reconvenes."

Statement From Sen. Bill Nelson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL ), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, listened to the president's speech today and participated in a briefing by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Following is Nelson's comment on the situation in Syria:

“The president wants to put to rest any doubt the American people may have. I support the president's decision. But as far as I’m concerned, we should strike in Syria today. The use of chemical weapons was inhumane, and those responsible should be forced to suffer the consequences.”

Statement from Congressman Ander Crenshaw

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Ander Crenshaw, a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, today (8/31) issued the following statement regarding Syria:

“The responsibility to declare war lies with Congress, and I am glad President Obama is seeking Congressional authorization on any military action in Syria.

“Using chemical weapons against the innocent is not tolerable on any level. Aside from consulting with Congress, President Obama must also explain his rationale on any action directly to the citizens of this country, underscoring what’s at stake and why action is necessary.

“The President and his advisors have reviewed the materials at hand. I will do the same in the coming days, analyzing facts from every part our government to determine the best way forward on this most troubling piece of world history.”

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