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Local Congress members Out Front With Syria Limits

5:13 PM, Sep 4, 2013   |    comments
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Secretary of State John Kerry appears before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is at right. (Photo: Jack Gruber, USA TODAY)
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  • WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Two DC area Congress members today explained their Resolution which will authorize -- with limitations -- the military strike that President Obama is seeking against Syria.

    Northern Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly and Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen, both Democrats, have authored a resolution that says no ground troops can be used in a military strike against Syria. There can be only one strike unless chemical weapons are used again. And the Obama administration will have only 60 days to carry out the strikes.

    Both Connolly and Van Hollen say they are convinced the evidence is there to prove the Syrian regime used chemical weapons last month to kill more than 1,400 people including children.

    Both say they strongly believe a message should be sent by the United States that chemical weapons cannot be used.

    Van Hollen added in an interview with WUSA9, that this isn't about getting rid of or prohibiting the movement of chemical weapons and its not about a regime change; Van Hollen says its just about "the use" of chemical weapons.

    A Senate committee approved a similar resolution on Wednesday.

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