Congressman Bruce Braley on Syria - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Congressman Bruce Braley on Syria

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Addie Olson



U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley (D, Iowa) said he does think punitive action should be taken against Syria, but right now he's not sure what that action should be.

"That requires a strong international response," said Braley of Syria's attack on the outskirts of Damascus.

Braley said Syria's use of chemical weapons clearly breaches international law.

He wants to see a response, but first he needs to hear more from the president on just what that response will be.

"What's missing right now is the plan of action about what would happen in the event that the United States did use some type of force against Syria," Braley said.

Braley wants to know how striking Syria would impact both Syrians and Americans.

"I'm waiting for the president to make the case on the possible use of force and the aftermath," he said.

Braley believes if a clear case is made, then action will be taken.

"I'm confident that you would have the support of the American people and the support of Congress no matter what your decision was, but we aren't there yet," he said.

Iowans stand on both sides of the issue.

"We don't need to get involved," said Carla Young of Des Moines.

Others said they would like to see the U.S. get involved, but like Braley, want to know just what plan of action the U.S. will take.

"Something needs to be done," said Mark Rocha of Des Moines. "Just seeing those poor folks just get slaughtered there is unhuman."

Both the House and the Senate are expected to vote sometime after they return from recess next Monday.

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