WFMY News 2--Two representatives to Congress from the Triad are speaking out after President Obama announced that he will seek authorization from Congress on use of force against Syria.
Congress is on recess for Labor Day and not scheduled to return until September 9th.
The president says there will be no boots on the ground, but that a strike against Syria is in the interest of National Security.
We reached 6th District Representative Howard Coble by phone, Saturday.
US Rep. Coble said: "The President doesn't have to come to Congress, but he should. What I would like to have is support from our Arab allies. It looks like the president has shifted the decision on this thing to Congress."
Senator Kay Hagan, issued the following statement in writing late Saturday. "It is shocking and deplorable that the Assad regime would use chemical weapons on its own people, and the international community cannot allow this to happen without serious consequences. I believe seeking Congressional authority is the appropriate way forward. Without putting American troops on the ground, the atrocities in Syria require a strong response that will prevent them from happening again and ensure that Syria's chemical weapons stockpile does not fall into the hands of terrorists and further destabilize the Middle East."
President Obama does not legally need congressional approval to move forward with a strike against the Syrian.