The Washington Post published today a graphic of where all the U.S. senators and representatives stand on the issue of Syria, and majority of the Georgia lawmakers seem to be undecided on what is the best course of action.
Just three Peach State congressmen are definitely against U.S. strikes in Syria:
- Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga-10): "I do not believe America should be militarily involved in Syria."
- Rep. Phil Gingrey (R-Ga-11)
- Rep. Robert Woodall (R-Ga-07)
Six Georgians still remain undecided:
- Rep. John Barrow (D-Ga-12)
- Rep. Sanford Bishop (D-Ga-02)
- Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga-14) (changed to no, update below)
- Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga-05)
- Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga-06)
- Rep. David Scott (R-Ga-13)
Five are leaning no:
- Rep. Austin Scott (R-Ga-08): “In this situation, we must proceed with extreme caution.
- Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga-09): “I'm at the point: don't send anything to Syria because we don't know what will be turned around and used against us somewhere else."
- Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga-04): “At this time, I am deeply skeptical that use of force is in our national interest.”
- Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga-01): “I'm not inclined to support military action in Syria but do believe it deserves a full debate.”
- Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga-03): "Until we are able to get accurate information about exactly who the rebels are and what their long-term plans are if they win out, the United States needs to be very careful about getting involved in Syria.”
Two Georgia Senators have stated their support for the attack:
- Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga): "I believe the evidence is clear that the president's red-line was crossed long ago, and the United States must respond."
- Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga): "I support the use of military action in Syria. If we fail to take strong action against Syria for this horrendous attack, then we are sending a signal to Syria as well as to Iran and North Korea that they are accountable to no one.” For some reason the Washington Post has Isakson marked as undecided. The official full statement from the senator is here and he is definitely for military action. (changed to no, updated below)
Rep. Tom Graves (R-Ga-14) announced Monday night that he will vote against the U.S. military involvement in the Syrian conflict.
Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga) changed his vote to no, September 9, 2013. Statement:
“After carefully weighing this very important issue, I have decided that I will vote against the resolution to authorize a U.S. military strike in Syria.
Over the past week, I have traveled my state and have talked personally to hundreds of Georgians. Thousands more constituents have contacted my office by phone and email. It is clear to me that Georgians overwhelmingly oppose our country getting involved militarily in Syria.
The administration’s lack of a clear strategy is troubling, and the potential fallout following a military strike is also troubling.”