Rep. Bishop cautious about military strike on Syria

Congressman Rob Bishop, R-District 1, says he is getting on the bandwagon of those who feel President Barack Obama should not proceed with a military strike against Syria without the approval of Congress.

On KVNU’s Crosstalk program Friday, Rep. Bishop said he doesn’t mean just leaders of Congress, but a full vote of Congress. Bishop said he is not yet convinced that it is the right thing to do.

“There is some question as to who ordered the chemical attack,” Bishop said, “whether it came from the top, whether it was implied from the top, whether it came from lower forces or lower decision makers in the Syrian government. It’s not terribly clear yet.

“From what I have seen, and I haven’t seen all of the information because as much as Obama is saying he is briefing Congress I haven’t heard anything from him, from what I have seen so far, if there was a vote today I would vote no.”

Rep. Bishop said he is also concerned about the funding priority. He said you cannot continue to attack where you decide you want to attack and still keep cutting defense money.

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