ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- President Obama has asked congress to authorize a military strike against Syria, but lawmakers are divided on the issue. Including our own local Congresswoman 17th District representative Cheri Bustos.
"I have seen the video of kids dying, and so you weigh that with what we need to do as a nation. And this is... I can't think of a tougher vote I've had to cast in my short tenure in congress. I'm very concerned about it. I will continue to gather information, and as I stand here right now I'm not sure how I'm going to vote," Bustos said.
Obama continues efforts to sway lawmakers on Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) -- He's at the G-20 summit in Russia, but that isn't stopping President Barack Obama from doing some lobbying with members of Congress back home. Obama is looking to build support for a resolution authorizing a U.S. military strike on Syria.
Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes says Obama's been making phone calls to lawmakers even as he attends the economic summit. The president spoke to a bipartisan group of five lawmakers yesterday.
The administration held another round of closed-door meetings with lawmakers today about its intelligence on Syria. As she entered the meeting, Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine questioned the necessity of U.S. military action. She insisted there were other ways to pressure Syria's Bashar Assad, short of an American intervention. And Collins said the administration still hasn't presented a clear strategy.
Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina said it's up to the administration to present lawmakers with the necessary information. And when it does, he says, he thinks "everybody will agree."
But Democrat Ron Wyden of Oregon remains undecided, saying it's not clear what the effects of a military strike would be.