Fri September 6, 2013
Congressman Hal Rogers Wants 'Precise' Details Before Favoring Syria Strike
Kentucky's longest serving member of Congress wants more details from President Obama before supporting the administration's resolution seeking military action against the Syrian government.
"The ongoing civil war in Syria is heartbreaking, but I have great reservations about intervening in Syria," says Congressman Hal Rogers, who was first elected in 1980.
Speaking at a news conference in St. Petersburg, Russia, the president announced he will address the nation from the White House next week to make his case for intervention before the American public.
For the most part, Kentucky's federal delegates in the House and Senate are leaning against the mission.
Congressman John Yarmuth, the lone Democrat, says he remains unconvinced by the Obama administration's argument.
Republican congressmen Andy Barr and Ed Whitfield have both voiced opposition while Brett Guthrie said via Facebook he would "listen carefully" as the administration makes its case.
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has been noticeably absent from the debate. But in a recent public appearance, McConnell said he would announce his position in "the coming days."
While Rogers, who chairs the powerful appropriations committee, told WFPL he has serious doubts about the mission, the GOP lawmaker also indicated he is open to being persuaded by Obama's argument.
"I want to know precisely what the president's goals are, how it will impact our allies, and what it will mean for American families. I anticipate a vote in the House next week and I am eager to see both the justification and the details of our military action plan," he says.
Republican Congressman Thomas Massie and Sen. Rand Paul have been the most vocal opponents to launching strikes against the Assad regime. Both have said the vast majority of Kentuckians are opposed to the U.S. getting involved.
From Massie's Twitter:
In two short days, I've received 126 calls opposing military engagement in #Syria and only one call in favor.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) September 5, 2013
constituents are overwhelmingly against a strike in #Syria. Congress should listen to the people.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) September 6, 2013