King, Pingree applaud Obama's decision to ask Congress

Two Mainers in Congress applauded President Barack Obama's decision to seek congressional approval before moving forward with military action against Syria.

However, they are not sure how they'll vote.

“I will review the evidence and arguments with great care before deciding how I will vote on this difficult and important issue," Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, said Saturday. “I believe the president is right to seek the support and approval of the United States Congress before moving forward with military action against the Assad regime.”

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said in a statement that she participated in a conference call on Syria on Saturday with Secretary of State John Kerry and national security officials.

"Those of us on the call had the opportunity to ask a wide variety of questions concerning the effectiveness, timing and strategic implications of the military strike that the president is advocating," Collin said.

She said she agreed with Obama's decision to seek congressional approval and hoped Senate and House leaders would reconvene this week to consider the president's plan.

The Sun Journal was unable Saturday night to reach Rep. Michael Michaud, D-Maine. However, Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, issued a short statement.

"I'm inclined to vote no but will listen to the president and am glad he is seeking the approval of Congress," she said.

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FRANK EARLEY's picture

Will an attack help?????

At first I was all for it, I guess the pictures sort of moved me. Now I wonder what the results will actually be.
We've seen over and over again, what little affect military activity has in these regions of the world. I don't see a whole lot of improvement in Iraq, results in Afghanistan is starting to look just as dismal. It's like you can't kill the "monster". How do you end a conflict among people who have been fighting so long it's become a sign of honor for family members to join the fight as soon as they can walk? It's a totally different mentality there. I honestly don't think anyone but the combatants themselves, can ever stop this.
I am in no way insinuating that what has been accomplished over there was not worth the effort, but look at Iraq, It seems they just picked up where they left off. It almost seems they don't want to change their third world lifestyle.
I'm thinking now, a more thought out plan involving some sort of blockade, or no-fly zones, would have a bigger impact than bombs. Until we can find the achilles heel, that one weakness that can be used to make a point. We might just as well be shooting spit balls, for all the good they'd do..............

FRANK EARLEY's picture

Will an attack help?????

At first I was all for it, I guess the pictures sort of moved me. Now I wonder what the results will actually be.
We've seen over and over again, what little affect military activity has in these regions of the world. I don't see a whole lot of improvement in Iraq, results in Afghanistan is starting to look just as dismal. It's like you can't kill the "monster". How do you end a conflict among people who have been fighting so long it's become a sign of honor for family members to join the fight as soon as they can walk? It's a totally different mentality there. I honestly don't think anyone but the combatants themselves, can ever stop this.
I am in no way insinuating that what has been accomplished over there was not worth the effort, but look at Iraq, It seems they just picked up where they left off. It almost seems they don't want to change their third world lifestyle.
I'm thinking now, a more thought out plan involving some sort of blockade, or no-fly zones, would have a bigger impact than bombs. Until we can find the achilles heel, that one weakness that can be used to make a point. We might just as well be shooting spit balls, for all the good they'd do..............

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

Obama

Personally I have no position pro or con as to whether we should get involved because there are so many factors we are not privy to here that nothing we are being told is really relevant. Apparently the UN observers have throw in the towel too. I have to hand it to Obama for political finesse though. He has liberal anti-war activists breathing down his neck with some people claiming the gas was actually set off by accident by the rebels and the Israel supporters weighing in because of a direct threat to bomb Israel and the war profiteers champing at the bit to invade saying it was Assad's brother and those Republicans whose districts have a heavy military presence screaming to invade yesterday so he throws it in the lap of Congress. We all know Congress cannot get out of its own way. By the time they even figure out whether they want to discuss whether to vote or not the whole issue will have blown away to be replaced by some other crisis. The UN has a better chance of settling this than Congress and we all know how effective they are.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

He's presiding over a full

He's presiding over a full blown international circus and you, "....have to hand it to obama..."?
What does this man have to do to incur any criticism from you, Claire?

CLAIRE GAMACHE's picture

ICriticism

I didn't say I liked the way he is handling it because we have no way to know what is really going on. Kerry is beating the war drums, I expect at the behest of Israel. The rebels are desperate for support but it is difficult to support a group that is already more or less in bed with Al Qaeda. Plus the American people are already pretty sick of seeing our blood and treasure spilt over things that appear to have no real solutions in this millennium. My best guess would be that this is an issue that has no good solution. Congress is just the place for it because they are really good at solving nothing.

MICHAEL LEMAY's picture

Why aren't they in session

Why aren't they in session debating this and other important issues that profoundly affect our national interests? Twenty-two weeks of vacation a year is just too much when there are just so many issues to deal with in these times.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Especially when you consider

Especially when you consider that their legislative positions were never intended to be full-time career jobs.

The more they stay away from

The more they stay away from Washington, the less money they spend.

The only reason he's seeking

The only reason he's seeking Congress approval, is because if it all blows up into world war 3, he won't have to take full blame. He does everything else without approval from Congress.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Excellent point, Dennis.

Excellent point, Dennis.

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Goes to show you..."The only Reason"

You have no concept about it Dennis, since then the Iraq war and Afghanistan would of been WW III in your small thinking too, and Bush did that with 4000 American lives, on all lies....but a little Syria makes you so think you are so wise on what the President is thinking or doing...stick to your day job, collecting your Social Security and living off the state.

I'm not collecting social

I'm not collecting social security yet. I've worked straight since I was 16 yrs old for 42 years, never collecting one dime from the state. So put that in your pipe and smoke it you moonbat.

AL PELLETIER's picture

And, Dennis

If he said he would go it alone without congressional approval, what would your negative comment have been?

JERRY ARIPEZ's picture

Simply amazing about Dennis.....

If it had been a Repub, Bush or any other meat head of his party going after a dictator, he would be relentless and supportive they were doing the right thing going after a bad guy with WMD's who murdered civilians.....

Shows you just how two faced his mentality really is....

YAWN!

YAWN!

SCOTT GRAY's picture

Sickening

If Jerry would only comment about the article, then he would not say much at all. This would leave a lot of useable space in the comment section. Instead he likes to insult others, must make him feel superior in his own eyes.

AL PELLETIER's picture

Past your bedtime?

I guess you got beat up pretty bad today. Go ahead, we won't miss you.

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