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Rep. Schrader: 'We Have Our Own Problems Here In This Country'

OPB | Sept. 3, 2013 6:42 a.m.

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President Barack Obama spent part of his Labor Day looking for support among lawmakers for limited military action in Syria.

Most of Oregon’s Congressional delegation was back in the state for the holiday. Democratic Rep. 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.

Schrader said, “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.”

First District Rep. 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.

After speaking with the president, Republican Senators John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said it would be a mistake for Congress to reject Obama’s request.

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