WASHINGTON – Congress returns to session today with a debate on the use of military force in Syria at the top of the list. President Barack Obama is asking lawmakers to authorize restricted force in Syria against the Bashar Assad regime for its use of chemical weapons against civilians.
Many representatives, including Chautauqua County Congressman Tom Reed (R-Corning) and former Congressman Brian Higgins (D-Buffalo), are against the use of force without compelling evidence Syrica poses a direct threat to Americans and American interests. However, both of NY’s Senators – Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand – support the use of force on a limited basis, which includes a timeline of just 90 days and not placing any U.S. military members on the ground in the country.
In addition to Syria, Congress is also expected to discuss the federal budget and immigration during this fall session.