Will Alabama's Congressional Delegation Go Along With Military Force In Syria?
President Obama wants the support of Congress on his plan to use military force in Syria. His administration says the U.S. must do something, because it says Syria's president has used chemical weapons against his own people. But will Alabama's Congressional delegation go along?
We were only allowed a brief time to speak with Congresswoman Martha Roby. She says she does not know enough about the Syrian situation to even know what questions to ask...except these...
As we mentioned, Congress isn't back in session until Monday, but what's important is the Senate Foreign Relations Committee did take a vote today. It voted 10 to 7 to support the use of military force against Syria within 90 days, but not the use of combat troops on the ground. This vote was not split along party lines -- some Democrats supported it, others were opposed. The same was true for Republicans, so it's not easy to predict how Congress as a whole would vote.
Congresswoman Roby says she'll be listening to classified briefings next week. She says while she continues her "Martha Listens" Town Hall tour, she wants to hear from Alabamians about whether they think the U.S. should take action.
While President Obama wants the support of Congress, he says he still has the authority to act on his own.