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Utahns in Congress skeptical of Syria plan



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"It is a hideous, reprehensible situation. I can’t even imagine what the people there are going through," he said. "But we have heinous acts happening in Africa and other parts of the world where we don’t have military action."

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Rep. Chris Stewart, R: undecided

Utah’s newest member of Congress is also the only one with military experience. Stewart, a former Air Force pilot, says he’ll soon return to D.C. to attend classified briefings and make a decision. He says he’ll look closely at the way the authorization of force is framed by congressional leaders and the administration.

"I find the situation in Syria very troubling, leaving very little doubt that a critical line has been crossed," he said. "Once I have all of the facts about the proposed military plan, I will make a decision as to the best way to protect our national security and strategic interest."

Rep. Rob Bishop, R: undecided

Bishop is waiting to attend a confidential security briefing before making up his mind, something that may not happen until he returns to Washington next week. He’s a longtime member of the House Armed Services Committee, and he represents a district that could benefit from the military’s expected use of cruise missiles to strike targets in Syria. He declined to offer any details of his thinking on the matter.

mcanham@sltrib.com


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