Vermont's Congressional delegation is responding to President Obama's announcement that he intends to seek Congressional approval to launch a military strike against the government in Syria.
In separate statements - Senators Leahy and Sanders and Congressman Welch said they agree with the President's effort to receive Congressional approval before striking. But none of them would commit to giving the approval the president is seeking.
Senator Leahy says "I continue to oppose introducing U.S. troops into this conflict, and I continue to believe that seeking congressional approval of military action is called for."
Senator Sanders says he needs "to hear more from the president as to why he believes it is in the best interests of the United States to intervene in Syria's bloody and complicated civil war."
Congressman Welch says he will be "an active participant in the forthcoming debate and will be mindful throughout, of the enormous sacrifice we ask every day of the men and women of America's military, and their families."
House leaders say a debate and vote on military action could take place the week of September 9th when Congress returns from vacation.
Friday, March 7 2014 10:55 AM EST2014-03-07 15:55:16 GMT
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