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Question congressman is now that your speaker.
And your majority leader both say it's time to get behind the president's call for a strike on Syria.
Will -- be there in your conference.
I think it'll be tough.
I was there on Sunday and attended the classified briefing I've asked questions.
If the vote will be taken today I would be a no vote not only do I think that the authorization for use of military forces resolution is overly broad.
But also I have yet to be able to understand our compelling national interest that would require us to go in there.
And furthermore I can't understand and I've yet to be given any idea as to what -- what our strategy be to -- win but our our strategy to exit as well.
Having those questions out there unanswered at this time leads me to the conclusion that this is not something that we should be doing.
We'll see over the next week how the debate goes but I think it's going to be a difficult vote in the.
-- So here's a question for you from Billy.
Will question for the congressman -- your district spoken out concerning Syria or is that an issue.
That's being let me down on the politicians alone is this something I assume you've done town halls have been talking to constituents during the recess Alia is this something that your constituents are are are.
I talked to my district director today -- -- our phones are ringing off the hook predominantly.
Against involvement in Syria right now.
I think the that we -- -- country I know we as a district are somewhat exhausted from from our from our wars over the last eleven years.
So I I there's not much of an appetite wanna -- win especially when we're doing so any unilateral fashion we don't have this board of any of the global community behind us.
So Eric Cantor in his statement endorsing the president's plan here.
Basically echoed the argument we heard similar from the speaker.
The argument that there has -- as a deterrent to the use.
Of weapons of mass destruction of these chemical weapons that there has to be some retribution isn't that.
Amount to a national security concern.
Chris in 199388.
Countries signed the chemical weapons convention all condemning the use of chemical weapons.
There is an international criminal court that has statutes against the use of chemical weapons our president has known.
Everybody has known since march of this year the use of chemical weapons by Bashir assault -- in Syria.
Why have we waited so long now that we go this alone I agree that taken to any extension right now continued use of chemical weapons would be a threat to our national security interest it would be a threat to the world's.
Interest why are we not engaging the world why are we not allowing for the UN inspectors to come back.
With their results why are we not reaching out to -- and saying look for all our differences.
For all the bullying that's been going on between our two countries.
Nobody stands to gain we all -- to -- -- a chemical weapons we need to impose more sanctions we need you some diplomacy which has yet to be used.
And the result that I come to right now is that this president has drawn so many red lines in the sand that he is now asking congress to help congress save him from himself.
Right now one of the other concerns I wrote about this today.
Is that you have a situation where it sequestration.
Reductions in defense spending that -- pushed off as part of the last deal.
Some of those some of them -- fallen on the Pentagon was delay.
Now Democrats say that if Republicans want to offset again.
Scheduled twenty billion dollars in reductions.
The increases to increases.
That are set to begin on October 1 that there needs to be corresponding increase in spending on domestic programs.
You -- a war on top of that which could run into the tens of billions of dollars it's going to be pretty tough to keep sequestration and -- wanna.
Well -- I didn't vote for sequestration but I'm grateful that we've seen a reduction in our spending as a result sequestration.
The thing that concerns me here -- -- were still well over budget we're still spending more than we're taking him and now we have to ask ourselves.
Who are we going to borrow money from and at what rate in order to -- not only.
What could be a protracted military exercise but also to to -- the others on the other side of wanna see more domestic spending as a result of more defense spending.
This is not a good situation for us to be in right now.
And I think that we have to address this thing very logically very dirt to determine -- determinedly.
In the sense that we shouldn't be waiting on.
Congress come back here if we if we need to make strike although I do not agree that the president has the authority again I think he should come back to us six months ago.
Engage the congress at that time and now we're acting as we don't normally do in a reactive fashion waiting for the next crisis -- -- Now speaking speaking of crises -- here they're back to domestic matters for a minute.
When you come back next week when congress is back in session.
The work is going to be my -- there is a lot that has been done and continuing resolution funding government and its absence since 2007.
A federal budget.
Is due October 1 the president's health -- is the next -- goes into effect.
On October 1 -- the Treasury Secretary says -- government needs an increase in the borrowing limit.
By the middle of October can all of that get done.
Well I sure -- can get done my concern.
-- that there's a short term continuing resolution is never anybody's best interest how -- you run a business how can you run a household -- sixty day.
Budget if you will we need to have at least more foresight.
But we're gonna do -- continuing resolution yes I believe that the obamacare law will fall on its own white that'll take down.
A lot of people with them a lot of businesses a lot of health care providers over the next year but we've got to be something about that.
To my concern also is that with the debt ceiling and you know coming up in the middle of October.
We need to make sure that we're going to do something that allows us to pay our obligations as they become due.
We also have to have something in return that gives us some systemic plan in place to reduce our debt and deficit over time also to reform our tax system by at least simplifying it.
And I think again bringing people to the table on obamacare something that we all want to do some of my Liberal Democrats understand that this is not going to work.
That's gonna have a backlash for them and -- -- fourteen at the elections.
So I think that the you'll see a grand bargain being proposed by the middle of October that may fund the government -- at -- and -- good six months.
That -- And may also provide some simplification -- the tax system.
No this is an optimistic talk.
We have not we've not heard much of that lately.
What causes you to believe that that the time is right for -- -- on the president's health club.
The Democrats we talked to hearsay no way that no no change is possible to Islam.
Chris I understand that the that the one force that has done more to delay.
The implementation of the president's health care law has been the president.
He understands the complexity of this thing is so deep that people don't understand it therefore he has unilaterally given by way of -- executive order the delay of the mandate for employers we know that that -- Be good.
If he's gonna delay for your look my colleagues on the other side of the aisle don't want to be beat up with this in point fourteen.
I think that there's going to be an effort behind the scenes to want to delay the implementation of obamacare for at least another year.
If they give himself in the hang their hat on that includes a race -- rise in the debt ceiling.
That gives them some some -- -- for tax reform and allows for about funding of the government for at least six months.
You're gonna see a majority of both.
And both chambers come together maybe the bases may not but a majority.
That would that would allow for something like this to happen.
-- and -- -- -- away from Washington too long as two.
But all this optimism and bringing people together right and you won't take long when you come back you'll remember what it was like.
You do your probably right Chris but I I understand that for -- we're going to be in a collection at electioneering nobody wants to show in activities that I wanted to come back.
I'm really do something.
I'm going to embrace your optimistic spirit for at least the next eleven minutes congressmen we thank you for making time for us today enjoy thank you for what's left of your time back in regular America.
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