KUSA - President Barack Obama says the United States should take military action against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack but will seek congressional authorization for the use of force.
In response to Saturday's speech at the Rose Garden, Colorado congressional leaders have begun to respond.
Congressman Ed Perlmutter released the following statement after the president's remarks on Syria:
"I agree with President Obama on his decision to provide information to the American people about the horrific use of chemical weapons in Syria that killed at least a thousand innocent people including hundreds of children. It's important for Congress to assess this information and discuss what actions are appropriate to deter this kind of massacre in the future. As the President suggested, any action must be targeted and limited in scope."
Congressman Jared Polis released the following statement after the president's remarks on Syria:
"I look forward to studying the issue, understanding the case that the President makes, and making an informed vote. This is a serious responsibility, and since the President has chosen to consult us I will provide the best possible guidance to the President that I can in the form of my vote and advice regarding Syria."
Congressman Doug Lamborn released the following statement after the president's remarks on Syria:
"I approve of the president consulting with Congress and seeking congressional support on this important issue. I will be gathering many facts before making any decision. " Doug Lamborn
Representative Diana Degette released the following statement after the president's remarks on Syria:
"I welcome the President's decision to ask for congressional authority for the use of military force against the Syrian government. Although it is the President's duty to protect our national security, Congress has the constitutional responsibility and power to approve the use of military force, even if the United States or our interests have not been attacked.
"While there is no question that reported use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians by the Syrian government is abhorrent, the decision to use military force demands a vigorous debate in Congress and with the American people. Before any vote to authorize military action takes place, the President must present compelling evidence that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on its own people, as well as clearly define the rationale and goals of an intervention to Congress."
Other congressional leaders told 9NEWS they are working on responses.
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