Virginia Lawmakers Divided On Military Action in Syria

Despite a possible diplomatic alternative to military action in Syria, President Barack Obama says congressional authorization of a strike on the nation is needed to maintain a "credible threat of military pressure."

The president plans to meet with Democratic and Republican lawmakers Tuesday to discuss potential military action, and he already has support from at least two Virginia lawmakers.

Last week, Democratic Senator Tim Kaine canceled a trip to Charlottesville to participate in Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on the authorization of military action in Syria. Kaine supports military action, and says he will vote yes on the decision.

Another Virginia lawmaker, Republican Congressman and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he too would support President Obama's request for action.

On Thursday, 5th district GOP Congressman Robert Hurt met with constituents in his Charlottesville office to discuss a possible strike.

When pressed by both the left and the right, Congressman Hurt said he had not yet made up his mind.

"I can say at this point I'm not convinced that we should be doing this but I do, with all do respect to our Commander in Chief, I do want to give him an opportunity to make his case," said Hurt.

In a statement Monday, Hurt said that while he is concerned over reports of human rights violations in Syria, the president needs to answer questions about the United States national security interests before Congress can approve military action.

Senator Mark Warner said he is also wrestling whether to support an American military attack on Syria.

A test vote on the issue was scheduled for Wednesday, but Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said it has been delayed because of "international discussions".

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