By Mike Perleberg
Congressman Luke Messer (R-IN 6) questions U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on Syria during a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday.
(Washington, D.C.) - Southeast Indiana’s congressman says he supports U.S. military action in Syria.
Sixth District Representative Luke Messer (R-Shelbyville) was in on Wednesday’s hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey all took turns making the case for the President’s proposed no-boots on the ground military strike.
Messer, a member of the committee, told Kerry that he would support a strike on Syria’s government. Messer is the first member of Indiana’s congressional delegation to back the president’s proposed limited military strike in Syria, where President Bashar Al-Assad is accused of using chemical weapons to fight rebels.
"The facts as I see them are that chemical weapons were used. Innocent children were gassed, clearly our allies like Israel in the region believe action is needed, clearly evil dictators in Iran, North Korea and elsewhere are watching," Messer said.
However, he added that the Obama administration has more work to do to convince the public that the risks of U.S. involvement are less than the risks of inaction.
“What more can be done to further communicate with the American people?” Messer asked Kerry.
The Secretary of State said he had no doubt that Obama would address the American people soon on the Syria matter.
The House committee could vote on the President’s resolution authorizing military force in Syria. That proposal sets a 60-day deadline for U.S. missile launches with a 30-day extension. It also prohibits the use of U.S. ground forces in Syria.
In the first official show of support in Congress, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the resolution on a 10-7 vote Wednesday, sending it to the full Senate for consideration.