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Mid-Missouri congressional delegation skeptical about Syria strike

Friday, September 6, 2013 | 6:19 p.m. CDT; updated 4:06 p.m. CDT, Saturday, September 7, 2013

Mid-Missouri representatives with a say on whether to authorize military action in Syria have responded to President Barack Obama's proposal with skepticism, but so far, none has opposed potential strikes outright.

Here's a map of mid-Missouri House districts, a look at what mid-Missouri's congressional representatives have said about attacking Syria along with feedback their offices have fielded from citizens.

Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, District 3 (R-St. Elizabeth)

POSITION: Kristina Weger, deputy press secretary for Luetkemeyer, said via email on Thursday that Luetkemeyer "would likely oppose the president's proposal." Luetkemeyer will "thoughtfully review any proposals that come before the House in the following days," Weger said, "but he still has serious concerns about the president's proposal."

FEEDBACK: Calls to Luetkemeyer's office have been "overwhelmingly" against intervening in Syria, Weger said, adding that the congressman does not believe Obama has "made the case to the American people."

PHONE: Washington D.C.: 202-225 2956; Jefferson City: 573-635 7232.

Rep. Vicky Hartzler, District 4 (R-Harrisonville)

POSITION: Steve Walsh, press secretary for Hartzler, said the congresswoman "has not made a final decision" on whether to support military action but "has strong reservations about the wisdom of carrying out an attack on Syria."

Walsh said Hartzler will return to Washington on Monday to review classified intelligence and will hold a conference call with constituents on Monday evening to get more input. The telephone conference call will be at 7 p.m. Monday. The phone number is 877-228-2184, and the event ID is 18764.

FEEDBACK: Walsh didn't have a specific tally on a constituent opinion but said there has been strong opposition to the proposed strike.

PHONE: Washington, D.C.: 202-225-2876; Columbia: 573-442 9311.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.

POSITION: According to a statement provided by Andrew Newbold, communications assistant in McCaskill's office, McCaskill said that she agrees with Obama's decision to seek congressional approval and that she is concerned about "getting entangled in another long, costly military campaign."

FEEDBACK: Newbold would say only that "McCaskill has received calls from constituents who have expressed viewpoints on all sides of the debate."

PHONES: Washington, D.C.: 202-224-6154; Columbia: 573-442 7130.

Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.

POSITION: The Hill newspaper in Washington, D.C., quoted Blunt as saying, "I have not made up my mind yet." In a statement from Aug. 31, Blunt said he approved of the president seeking congressional approval but would have liked to see him ask sooner.

FEEDBACK: Representatives from Blunt's office did not offer a glimpse of what constituent feedback has been like since Obama announced he was seeking congressional approval.

PHONES: Washington, D.C.: 202-224 5721; Columbia, 573-442-8151.

Supervising editor is John Schneller


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