published Thursday, September 5th, 2013

In their words: Corker, DesJarlais talk about Syria

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks to reporters during an editorial board meeting in the Chattanooga Times Free Press newsroom in this file photo.
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., speaks to reporters during an editorial board meeting in the Chattanooga Times Free Press newsroom in this file photo.
Photo by Dan Henry.

"None of us want the U.S. mired down in another conflict, so the committee has significantly limited the president's original authorization, while still providing for an appropriate use of force in response to Assad's use of chemical weapons."

The resolution "prevents boots on the ground, limits the duration of any military action, and requires a progress report on the administration's overall Syria policy. As we now move to the full Senate, the American people deserve a full and open debate about U.S. interests in Syria."

-- U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who voted for the resolution


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    U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais
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"I think we need to stay out of it. I think it's a civil war that we don't need to get involved in. We don't have any opposition fighters that have Americans' interests in line, and I don't think America has the stomach right now to get involved in another conflict."

Information provided by the White House "does not make a clear enough case that this was for sure an order from the Assad regime to use chemical weapons."

-- U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Tenn., said he will vote against the resolution

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