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Texas leaders come to West Texas to discuss Syria with voters

The congressional delegation from West Texas is cautious about their upcoming vote on military action against Syria

 

Before the U.S. Congressional delegation from Texas votes on whether to approve military action in Syria, the congressmen are listening to West Texans.

 

Congressman Mike Conaway has been hearing from people in his district.

 

“Folks in District 11 have communicated with us they're un-persuaded that military intervention that the president has talked about so far would be effective,” he said before a town hall meeting at the Midland Centennial Library Tuesday evening.

 

Congressman Conaway wants more answers before making a decision.

 

“Based on what I know now,” Conaway said, “I don't see the intervention being effective. We need a better plan.”

 

He's asking for help from his district.

 

“They need to be praying for our country,” Conaway pleaded. “These are tough times, tough decisions. This isn't about being Republican or Democrat, this is about the best interest of the country and the world.”

 

“By and large, the people that I've run into so far are not very supportive of the U.S. getting involved,” said Rep. Randy Neugebauer after a meeting in Big Spring with District 19 voters.

 

“People are concerned about: What is our strategy, and what are the repercussions if we initiate a military action against Syria? What are the benefits to the U.S.?”

 

Congressmen Neugebauer & Conaway will receive a classified briefing on Monday about the evidence and the strategy.

 

“We have to be very careful here,” Neugebauer said. “Obviously, the Middle East and Northern Africa is a powder keg right now. And you have to determine not just what the consequences of an initial strike are but how that might impact the rest of the region.”

 

Meanwhile, in Washington, Texas Senior Senator John Cornyn was among a small group of bipartisan leaders who met with President Obama in the White House.

 

Senator Cornyn says there are still many questions left unanswered.

 

After the meeting, he called on the President to address the nation, releasing a statement that read, "The President needs to explain in detail what vital national interests are at stake, his plan for securing these interests and a clear definition of what success looks like in Syria."

 

Senator Ted Cruz, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sounded off on the Glenn Beck radio show.

 

He said, “It appears what the President is pushing for is essentially protecting his public relations, because he drew a red line and essentially, the bluff was called.”

 

Senator Cruz is concerned about what the real issue is - punishing al-Assad or protecting the U-S.

 

“There are arguable U.S. national security interests in Syria, the most notably, the presence of substantial chemical weapons. And it is not in our interest to have those weapons fall into the hands of terrorists or al Qaeda who could use them against us or our allies. But at least to date, the President hasn't focused on that at all,” Sen. Cruz argued.

 

 

Congressman Pete Gallego said he is weighing his decision very seriously. He released a statement saying, "We must always understand the impact of our decisions on our Armed Forces and the family members who support them. Over the coming days, I’m going to continue to take in information on everything being considered. Ultimately, I'll make a decision based on the final language and its relationship to any threat to American security or the security of American's interests. I know how critical it is to get this right."

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