Local Democrats Want Limited Air Strikes If Diplomacy With Syria Fails | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Local Democrats Want Limited Air Strikes If Diplomacy With Syria Fails

Play associated audio

Two Democrats in the region are working on a Plan B if the Obama administration's effort to reach a diplomatic solution with Syria fail.

The president's call for Congress to hold off on voting on a military authorization in Syria is being well received by lawmakers in the region, including Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen.

"We agree that we should take a pause," he says.

Still, Van Hollen and Northern Virginia Democrat Gerry Connolly are floating an alternative proposal in case talks with Russian leaders dissolve. Their proposal would authorize limited air strikes against Syria if within 30 days of passage the Syrian regime refuses to take steps to hand over its chemical weapons. Van Hollen says the resolution can be pulled off the shelf if the president requests congressional action.

"What we're doing is putting forward a revised resolution that could be taken up in the House and the Congress if and when the president determines that it would be necessary to proceed with that kind of legislation," he explains.

As for whether the Russians can be trusted to help contain Syria's arsenal, Connolly says he believes the two countries can work out an acceptable agreement.

"You don t have to trust somebody fully to engage with them. The question is what kind of verifications will you put in place, what kind of assurances will you demand, what kind of sort of milestones will have to be achieved before we accept the final product in full," he says.

For now lawmakers on Capitol Hill are collectively breathing a sigh of relief as the spotlight has been taken off them and turned on to the UN Security Council.

WAMU 88.5

Key Civil War Generals The Subject Of New Smithsonian Exhibit

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery focuses on Civil War generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee.
NPR

Is Foster Farms A Food Safety Pioneer Or A Persistent Offender?

The California chicken producer has been dogged by food safety problems at its plants for months. But Foster Farms may also now be one of the country's cleanest, safest sources of chicken products.
NPR

Congress Has The Ability To Fix Immigration Crisis, Obama Says

His remarks in Dallas followed a meeting with faith leaders and local officials, including Gov. Rick Perry, to discuss the large number of unaccompanied minors at the border.
NPR

What Burritos And Sandwiches Can Teach Us About Innovation

Is a burrito a sandwich? The answer may sound simple to you ... but the question gets at the very heart of a tension that's existed for ages.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.