DETROIT (WOOD) - Various Michigan members of Congress have expressed different opinions on President Barack Obama's decision to ask for a congressional vote before undertaking an attack on Syria in response to apparent poison gas attacks that the U.S. says killed at least 1,400 people.
Republican U.S. Rep. Candice Miller and Democratic U.S. Reps. Dan Kildee and Sander Levin have issued statements endorsing Obama's decision to seek support from Congress rather than rely solely on his powers as president.
Miller says she disagreed with Obama's earlier statements that he didn't need congressional authorization. She says she shares her constituents' skepticism that a U.S. attack on Syria serves U.S. interests.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Carl Levin chairs the Armed Services Committee and says a congressional vote "would strengthen the president's decision."
Congressman Bill Huizenga told 24 Hour News 8 he wants to see more countries supporting the US's efforts before a strike. "I'm not convinced that acting unilaterally like this for the United States is a good idea. We need to have the Arab league and we need to have other Arab nations involved in this. Otherwise, I think it's just gonna look like a western invasion again of an Arab country that, whether that's accurate or not...which it's not particularly, that's gonna be the perception in the Arab world."
Congressman Justin Amash tweeted on Saturday, "Pres[ident] Obama hasn't come close to justifying war in Syria. I look forward to this debate. Pres must comply with vote of Congress; not optional." On Sunday evening, Rep. Justin Amash's office announced the congressman would host meetings to hear constituent opinions on the potential use of U.S. military force in Syria. The meetings are planned in Kent and Ionia counties on Tuesday, September 3rd, and Calhoun, Barry, and Kent counties on Wednesday, September 4th. Amash's office has not yet announced specific times and locations of the meetings.
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