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Congressman Roe comments on Syria decision

By Jonathan Radford, jradford@wcyb.com
Published On: Sep 02 2013 04:44:12 PM CDT

We continue to wait on a decision on whether or not the United States will use military force in Syria.

The proposed legislation asks Congress to approve the use of military force "to deter, disrupt, prevent and degrade the potential for future uses of chemical weapons or other weapons of mass destruction."

We talked to Tennessee Congressman Phil Roe (R-1st) Monday and he believes President Obama made the right decision in asking Congress first. "I absolutely agree with his decision. I think it's too big and I think it's too controversial around the country. I think it's important that we have a debate about what's going on Syria," he said. "It is an incredibly complicated part of the world."

That debate is set to begin next Monday when Congress reconvenes. Roe says once Congress is briefed, they will then debate the legislation and they'll vote within a week or so.

Congressman Roe tells us he knows how he would vote if he was forced to decide today. "If I had to vote today, I would vote 'no' [to an attack]. I'm still open to hear what's going on. I think you should hear all of the facts first."

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee is set to hold a hearing over the matter on Tuesday.