"In Syria, the President created a “red line” and threatened action if it was crossed, and in doing so he backed America and himself into a corner," said the Georgia congressman. "Now that we are in that corner, but with no immediate new threat to the American homeland, the President must not act alone. He should come to Congress immediately, not behind closed doors but in a special session for all Americans to see, and he must make his case for the involvement of American forces in Syria’s civil war.”
In the same speech, however, Obama emphasized that congressional authorization is not constitutionally required in such a "limited, narrow act." This could mean that even if Congress does not agree, the U.S. forces might still strike the Bashar al-Assad regime. “I joined a group of my colleagues in the House this week in sending a letter to the President expressing our commitment to have Congress reconvene immediately, should he feel military action is necessary, so that the voice of the American people can be heard on this issue," said Woodall. "With the facts that I know now, I do not support an American attack on Syria, but if an attack is what the President wants, I welcome him to come to Capitol Hill and make his case to Congress and all of America.”
The president is facing an uphill battle, especially in the House of Representatives, in getting authorization. Both parties seem to be weary of getting involved in another conflict in the Middle East.
While both Georgia Senators will likely support intervention in Syria, thus far none of the House members from Georgia have announced their approval.
Woodall represents Georgia's seventh congressional district. Click here to read Woodall's full statement on Syria.