Oregon's Schrader Opposes Strike On Syria

Sep 3, 2013

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President Obama is looking for support among members of Congress for limited military action in Syria. 

Most of Oregon's delegation was back in the state for Labor Day.  Democratic Representative Kurt Schrader says the president was right to ask for congressional approval.  He says while horrible things may have happened in Syria, that doesn't justify unilateral action.

"What we should be doing, as the President said when he was inaugurated back in 2008, is seeking the support of the international community on any sanctions, any action we take in Syria. Americans are tired. They do not want to get involved in another Civil War. We have our own problems here in this country" says Schrader.

First District Representative Suzanne Bonamici, said she also was pleased the president is seeking Congressional approval. But she says she has to look through the classified briefings on the issue before deciding how she'll vote.

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