KSDK - Here's what local politicians had to say about President Obama's address on Syria:
CLICK THE VIDEO ABOVE TO HEAR WHAT REPUBLICAN CONGRESSWOMAN ANNE WAGNER HAD TO SAY.
"The President made an important case for why Syria's use of chemical weapons has serious implications for America's national security-and that a credible threat of military force can strengthen the chances of a diplomatic solution. But, I also continue to weigh the possible consequences of military action. Over the coming days, I will continue to engage with my colleagues, evaluate classified information, and monitor a situation which continues to evolve on a daily basis."
- Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.)
"I have heard very clearly the overwhelming voice of my constituents in the last 10 days against American military strikes in Syria. I'm glad it appears we can resolve the situation without the use of force, as I continued to have very serious reservations about the implications of military action on our part.
"Even after participating in a 3-hour Armed Services Committee hearing today with Secretary of State Kerry, Defense Secretary Hagel and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Dempsey, I remain with serious concerns about authorizing military strikes. Chief among these is that air strikes may hamper ongoing U.S. action in Afghanistan and complicate our supply routes to the troops there.
"The President deserves congratulations for bringing the Russians to the table. Without a strong stance against chemical weapons on his part, they would clearly not be asking the United Nations to intervene and turn over the chemical weapons.
"I am pleased to see the Russians pushing the Syrians, who have been a client state for many years, to turn over some two million pounds of chemical weapons. I want to see their offer brought to fruition quickly.
"I'm looking forward to doing my part in Congress to see greater stability and peace brought to the Middle East. It's also my hope that our regional allies, including Israel, Jordan, Turkey and others, are reassured that the U.S. will act in a manner to promote peace and stability in the region."
- Rep. Bill Enyart (D-Ill.)