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Wagner, Clay and Shimkus divided on Syrian strike

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KSDK - Local Congressmen are divided on how they will vote on military intervention in Syria.

Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) said he has not decided whether he will support action against Syria, claiming that he wants to further examine evidence that intervention is necessary.

Meanwhile, Rep. John Shimkus (R-Ill.) said he will not support an attack - he says he's not entirely convinced there's a threat to the U.S. or its allies.

Congress reconvenes next week.

"If this is against international norms, my question is, where is the international community?" he said. "Why can't the UN lead and ask us to be part? Why can't the European Union? Where is the Arab League? The problem is, they always get mad when we take unilateral action, and then they blame us because they can't get an international organization and act together to convene.

"I'm kind of tired of us being the policemen of the world, and then getting blamed for being the policemen of the world."

Rep. Anne Wager (R-Mo.) released a statement Tuesday in opposition to U.S. military intervention in Syria.

"I do not believe the president or his administration have made the case to Congress or, more importantly, the American people for military action in Syria at this time," the statement read.

Wagner said she has been attending briefs, meetings with constituents and working with other members of Congress before returning to Washington D.C. for additional classified briefings and hearings.

Last week, President Barack Obama, a Democrat, said he was strongly in favor of military invention in Syria, but that he would allow Congress to vote on the issue.
In her statement, Wagner said she has received "hundreds of phone calls and emails...in strong opposition to military action in Syria."

The full text of the statement is below:

Anytime the President of the United States wants to take military action, it deserves serious and thoughtful deliberation. We have been watching the atrocities unfold in Syria, with over 100,000
reported killed, over the last two years. The president has shown no action, no leadership, only weakness in the region. During the last few days, I have received hundreds upon hundreds of phone calls and emails to my office in strong opposition to military action in Syria. I have been attending briefings, meeting with constituents and working with my colleagues in Congress, before returning to Washington for additional classified briefings and hearings. I do not believe the President or his Administration have made the case to Congress or more importantly the American people for military action in Syria at this time.

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