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Rep. Dan Kildee issues statement on Syria

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Congressman Dan Kildee Congressman Dan Kildee

Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) issued the following statement Tuesday regarding the use of limited military force in Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons by President Bashar al-Assad:

"Over the weekend, I attended a classified briefing for Members of Congress in Washington, D.C. on the use of chemical weapons in Syria. As of today, I still have unanswered questions, including concerns with the proposed resolution presented to Congress. As currently written, I believe it is too broad and needs to be more limited, including clear objectives for any military actions and a stipulation of no boots on the ground in Syria. 

"Over the next week, I will continue to assess the intelligence available and proposed courses of action. I will also continue to listen to the concerns of my constituents. This is certainly a tough decision that I will weigh carefully before voting."

President Barack Obama is finding some support among congressional Republicans and Democrats for the use of military force against Syria.

After a meeting between Obama and congressional leaders Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor voiced their support for a military strike. Cantor said the U.S. has a compelling national security interest in preventing the use of weapons of mass destruction. And House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says when the American people hear more of the evidence against Syria, she hopes they'll be persuaded that a strike is necessary.

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