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September 8, 2013

Strike Syria or stay out? Local reactions mixed

U.S. Reps. Williams, Granger say they oppose U.S. military action

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“It’s reprehensible for any nation to use chemical weapons, especially on its own people,” said Williams. “For weeks now, the president and his administration have broadcast to the world what a U.S. response to these horrific acts might entail. Unfortunately, this has given the Assad regime ample time to protect any military targets. After attending a classified briefing by the White House ... I am not convinced that attacking Syria and putting our soldiers at risk is in the best interest of our national security. While I support the president seeking Congressional approval, at this time I cannot and will not support U.S. military intervention in Syria.”

Granger, from Fort Worth, reportedly issued a statement Friday and was quoted as saying, “From everything I have learned, intervening in Syria’s civil war is not in the best interest of the United States. Our homeland is not under attack. The administration has not made the case to Congress or the American people that a military strike would be in our national security interest or the national security interest of our allies in the Middle East.”

Obama’s administration came under pressure Saturday from European officials to delay possible action until U.N. inspectors report their findings about an Aug. 21 chemical attack that Obama blames on the Assad government.

Obama called a bipartisan group of lawmakers on Friday and was expected to make more calls this weekend.

The days ahead represent one of the most intense periods of congressional outreach for Obama, who’s not known for investing heavily in consultations with Capitol Hill.

A House vote is likely the week of Sept. 16.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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