Visclosky undecided on Syrian attack
By Carole Carlson email@example.com/302-0949 September 3, 2013 3:08PM
Updated: October 5, 2013 6:21AM
U.S. Rep. Peter Visclosky said Tuesday he hasn’t decided whether he’ll support a U.S. attack on Syria.
Visclosky, who planned to return to Washington Tuesday night, said he hasn’t been briefed yet on President Obama’s proposal for an airstrike.
“I have no position yet on whether we should launch an attack,” Visclosky, a Merrillville Democrat, said during a visit to Indiana University Northwest. “I appreciate the President wanting to consult Congress.”
He said Congress isn’t scheduled to reconvene from its recess until the evening of Sept. 9.
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, and House majority leader Eric Cantor, R-Virginia, have said they would support using U.S. military force against President Bashar Assad’s forces; the Assad regime is accused of using chemical weapons against its own citizens.
“I wouldn’t read anything into it,” Visclosky said of Boehner’s endorsement of Obama’s call to action. “Each of us will have to make up our own mind.”
Visclosky, the ranking Democrat on the House Defense Subcommittee, met with officials at IU Northwest before returning to Washington.