MADISON (WKOW) -- Congress is set to make a decision next week on whether to launch military action in Syria, and right now there isn't enough support in either the House or the Senate to authorize a strike.
Wisconsin Democratic Congressman Mark Pocan says he does believe chemical weapons were used in Syria, but, like many in Congress, says he still has a lot of questions.
"I think the real question is, what's the appropriate response?" Rep. Pocan said. "Is it a military strike? Or what other options could be considered? Is it going solo or near solo, or is it bringing in the international community? I think those are some of the questions that most lawmakers really have as we move towards a vote."
Pocan said he wants to know what other alternatives there are to a military strike, and why that choice is the only one on the table. He also wants to know where the U.S. is with the international community and what the end game will be.
"I'm not convinced as of right now," Rep. Pocan said. "I think the White House has a lot more work to do to convince myself and the people I'm hearing from in the district. We're going to hear from, keep listening in the next week, but as of right now I think they've got a lot more work to make the case to the American people and to Congress."
According to Rep. Pocan, most of his constituents in the Madison area are very thoughtful about the issue and would like the U.S. to have a conversation with the international community.
"No one says don't respond to chemical weapons, but clearly people do want us to have a response that maybe isn't solely us being the world's police, and maybe isn't a military strike," Rep. Pocan said.
Rep. Pocan says a big question lawmakers have is whether a military strike on Syria could influence Syria to strike back against the U.S. or one of our allies.
"What else could be the implications of something happening?" Rep. Pocan said. "We have to weigh all of that before we would vote on a military strike."
Rep. Pocan says as of right now he is a "no" vote because he thinks a lot more convincing need to happen to make it worthwhile.
Rep. Pocan joined us on 27 News at 5 on Friday.
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