President Barack Obama's plan to seek congressional authorization for military action against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad is getting mixed reaction from the lawmakers, including local congressmen, who will have to approve it.
"I think it is good that the President is seeking the voice of the people, which is through the Congress, but I do think we're waiting too long, especially to wait to go back into session on the ninth. I think that we should be striking. I personally think the President should've already had the strike," said Staten Island-Brooklyn Congressman Michael Grimm.
"Is this a war? And if it's not a war, if it's a limited war, I've never heard of anything in my entire life. If you're going to fire shells and bomb a community, that's war, and you have to have a declaration of war that Congress should legally, constitutionally approve it, and I haven't seen that evidence," said Manhattan Congressman Charles Rangel.
The first public hearings on the matter are set for Tuesday before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.