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Wis. lawmakers weigh in on Syria crisis


As controversy rises concerning what to do in Syria, Wisconsin lawmakers are weighing in.

Wisconsin Senator Ron Johnson was one of seven senators who voted against military action in Syria, as part of a Senate committee vote.

"It was inappropriately rushed. We just engaged in this debate 25 hours before that vote. Certainly from my standpoint, I had way too may questions that went unanswered," said Johnson.

It wasn't enough to stop the measure from moving on to the full Senate. While the republican believes military action in Syria may be in the best interest of national security, he says there are still too many unknowns.

"Until the moment I take the final vote, I am going to do everything I can to get those questions answered,” added Johnson.

Johnson tells Newsline 9 he's been hearing a lot from his constituents on what to do. He says 97 percent have the same message, "stay out of Syria, in no uncertain terms."

Congressman Ron Kind was in Stevens Point Wednesday. The democrat says he's listening to the people in his district as well.

"What I am hearing from folks back home is that they don't want to see another prolonged military engagement in the Middle East," said Kind.

Kind says he's still undecided because he, too, has a lot of questions.

"If we do launch cruise misses to try to degrade Assad’s chemical weapon capability, what might be the likely response in the region from Syria," said Kind.

Both Kind and Johnson agree, saying no action at all isn't the right move either.

"Assad has crossed a very serious line, with the use of chemical weapons against his own people, but he's also been slaughtering and committing war crimes," said Johnson.

"I think that doing nothing also sends a message throughout the region or to other dictators that may want to use these weapons in the future," said Kind.

It's that future members from both parties are focusing on now.

Congressman Sean Duffy also sent us this statement regarding Syria, saying,“The President has done the right thing by seeking congressional approval. At this point, the President has not laid out a coherent plan to justify American military action. It is not clear who we are fighting with or what we are fighting for. Therefore, I do not plan to support the resolution to intervene."

Both Senator Ron Johnson and Congressman Ron Kind say they will continue to talk to their constituents ahead of the vote next week.

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