Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, is taking the same line that Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., took Monday: Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons is “unacceptable,” but President Obama needs to get congressional authorization before any military strike there.
Here’s Goodlatte’s statement:
“The President should fully brief and consult with Congress about any possible actions in Syria. There is no doubt that the use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians is unacceptable. Last year, President Obama said that the use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians may constitute crossing a ‘red line,’ which would compel the Commander in Chief to change his approach. The President must now consult with Congress, and explain to the American people, whether this action has indeed crossed the ‘red line.’ The President must explain and justify the necessity and the scope of any proposed military action by the United States in Syria, and Congress must authorize any use of force should it be necessary.”