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Lawmakers Skeptical On Possible Military Strike In Syria

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  Original Published: 9/2/2013 Some members of Congress are skeptical about the White House's proposal for military action in Syria. The Obama administration presented classified information to lawmakers Sunday, and Andrew Spencer reports members of Congress are being cautious before committing to any action in the Middle East. In a Congress so often divided by party lines, sources from both sides of the aisle tell CNN, votes on military action in Syria could go either way. "This is not going to be a matter of trying to enforce party discipline ot to vote for or against the president," says Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra of California. "This has got to be something you believe in." The Obama administration made its case Sunday, as about 100 lawmakers returned to Washington for a classified briefing. "I feel terrible about the chemical weapons that have been used," says Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn of California. "However, we know that chemical weapons have been used in other instances, and we did not take military action." "Certainly, the mood in the district I represent is do not do this, and I honestly did not hear anything that told me I ought to have a different position," says Republican Rep. Michael Burgess of Texas. Others worry the White House proposal is too broad, leaving an open timeline and the possibility of American troops on the ground. "I think we can narrow it somehwat, but we have to be careful," says Democratic Rep. Elliot Engel of New York. "You don't want to tie the president's hands." "This is a question now of what kind of authorization that Congress will give to the executive branch," says Democratic Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland. "The administration is open on the language issue, and I think they'll have to be if they want to get language that the Congress will approve," says Republican Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri. With Congressional approval anything but certain, the Obama administration is content to wait until the entire Congress returns from recess on Sept. 9. In the meantime, White House officials will continue trying to build support in meetsing with members of Congress.
   
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