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McConnell, Rogers discuss possible strike on Syria

By: Tanner Hesterberg Email
By: Tanner Hesterberg Email

LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - Kentucky's senior senator and fifth district representative have not decided whether they will support President Obama's plan to use military force against Syria, they said Tuesday.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., appeared together at a healthcare forum at Saint Joseph London hospital in Laurel County.

McConnell had just met with the president hours earlier.

"The president outlined the use of chemical weapons in Syria," McConnell said. "I don't have any doubt that the regime did do that."

Mr. Obama is asking Congress for approval of a military strike on Syria.

U.S. intelligence suggests the Syrian government killed thousands of its own people with chemical weapons.

"I'm willing to listen to the case that he's making," McConnell said. "I haven't made a final decision yet about how I'm going to vote, but I think he made a correct decision to come to Congress and get our participation and approval."

Rogers agreed the issue deserves a debate in Congress.

"I worry about getting involved in an escalating war in the Middle East," Rogers said. "I worry about our friends in Israel and Lebanon and other places in that immediate region."

The president proposed strikes on what he said are chemical stockpiles and delivery systems in Syria.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is scheduled Wednesday to debate and vote on a resolution authorizing limited military action in Syria.

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