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Oregon's Congressional Delegation Considers Syria Question

Oregon Representative Kurt Schrader talks with David Miller, host of OPB's Think Out Loud.

Oregon Representative Kurt Schrader talks with David Miller, host of OPB’s Think Out Loud.

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Rep. Kurt Shrader spoke on OPB’s Think Out Loud Sept. 3. 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.”

On Sept. 4, Think Out Loud talked with Peter DeFazio, Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici.

The three agreed the situation was horrific.

DeFazio said, “I appreciate the fact that the president has come to Congress. For years, I’ve been trying to fix the War Powers Act. In fact, I’ll introduce a bill as soon as we’re back to not make it discretionary under any president in the future.”

Congressman Blumenauer agreed with DeFazio, calling the situation in Syria “horrific and appalling.”

Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici called the use of chemical weapons deplorable and intolerable. She said she’s not in a position to say yes or no to an American military strike at this point, because of her remaining questions.

Jeff Merkley was the last in the series on Sept. 5.



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