GREEN BAY- Congressional members from northeast Wisconsin started expressing their views on what should be done with Syria shortly after the President's speech wrapped up.
Congressman Tom Petri's spokesperson released the following statement:
"I'm glad the President made the right decision to consult Congress before taking military action in Syria. I will be carefully reviewing what the President puts forward to Congress next week."
We also heard from Senator Ron Johnson. His spokesperson released this statement on behalf of the senator:
"I am pleased that President Obama will seek Congressional authorization before attacking Syria. I have repeatedly said that the President must make the case for military action to the American people. I do not know how I will vote. I will listen respectfully and consider the evidence carefully. The President says Syria "presents a serious danger to our national security." He must explain what this danger is, and how his plan would reduce it."
Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin's spokesperson released a statement as well. It said:
"I am pleased that the President is seeking Congressional authorization for any potential strike in Syria. I still believe there must be a strong and convincing case made to the American people and we must work to build an international coalition before we lead or join any military response. My judgment on any military action in response to the Assad regime's use of chemical weapons will be based on whether clear, focused and achievable objectives and goals are set."
Right now all U.S. Representatives are still on their late-summer break.
President Obama said he will not call a special session for Congress.
That means the debate over military action in Syria won't start until September 9, when Congress returns.
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