Colorado lawmakers say they will carefully weigh Syria options

By Ryan Handy Published: August 31, 2013 | 9:45 pm 0

Three Colorado lawmakers said Saturday they will carefully weigh President Barack Obama's request to attack Syria before making a decision, but none said they support a strike.

In a Saturday morning speech, Obama said the United States should take military action against Syria, following a deadly chemical weapons attack that killed more than 1,000 people there. The president also said he will seek congressional approval for the use of force.

Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet and Reps. Doug Lamborn and Scott Tipton, applauded the president's plan to put the matter before Congress.

"I approve of the president consulting with Congress and seeking congressional support on this important issue. I will be gathering many facts before making any decision," Lamborn, a Colorado Springs Republican, wrote in an email to The Gazette.

Bennet, a Democrat, also stressed in a statement to The Gazette the need for Congress to weigh its options carefully.

"Syria's use of chemical weapons is deplorable. Congress will review the evidence presented by the administration and hold a serious debate about options," he wrote. "We must consider the enormous challenges in the region and the complexity of the situation that includes a military already stretched thin, a nation in civil war, and a region in transition."

Tipton, a Republican, issued a news statement on Saturday afternoon.

"I'm pleased the President is seeking Congressional authorization for the use of military force. There may be a difference however between 'seeking' versus 'asking' for Congressional authorization, and before the President proceeds with any action, I hope that he will allow for equal debate in both the House and Senate on his plan and ultimately adhere to the outcome of the votes we will take," he said in the release.

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