With President Obama calling for an attack on Syria, he has opted to seek congressional approval for a military strike. Many in congress have expressed disagreement with his plan. Rep. Bill Flores (R-TX) recently stated that he would oppose military action in Syria.
Flores stated that "it is proper that the president has decided to consult with and to attempt to receive Congressional authorization before using U.S military force in Syria. Our Constitution clearly states that any declaration of war is a power solely enumerated to Congress."
He continued, "while the events in Syria are certainly a tragedy, I do not feel that these events pose a clear and present threat to the U.S., nor does our country have a strategic interest in Syria's civil war. Accordingly, unless the president can provide a compelling case for his strategy, I am inclined to vote against the use of U.S. military force in Syria."
The House of Representatives is scheduled to reconvene from recess the week of September 9th and will consider a measure related to the use of military force in Syria.
Flores also sought to remind President Obama of his 2007 statement where, as a U.S. Senator, he stated "The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve an actual or imminent threat."
Calls to Flores' Waco office confirmed that he would not vote for authorization and that for those interested in speaking with him, he would be holding a Town Hall meeting Tuesday night at McLennan Community College in the Community Services Center from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30.