AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Maine's congressional representatives say they were pleased with President Obama's decision to let Congress rule on military action in Syria. At the same time many members they will need more information before making that decision.
In an interview on MSNBC that aired Sunday, Senator Angus King (I) said he's not ready to vote on the matter, and many other lawmakers probably aren't either. The former Maine governor said he'll first have to consider the validity of reports coming out of Syria, including ones that the country's leader Bashar al-Assad launched a chemical weapons attack against his own people.
Congressman Mike Michaud (D) says he also has a lot to consider before voting on a strike against Syria and both men say they're also concerned about the international fallout that an attack could bring.
"It's a very difficult decision, it's the repercussions of that attacks," Michaud said, "What are we going to do in step two and step three? What does that mean in terms of Russia or Iran?"
"You can't assume a static situation in that we're going to lob a missile in there and nothing happens. There are all kinds of potential results," King remarked.
Senator King said he would also consider how other nations around Syria react to the reported chemical attacks. Saudi Arabia reportedly urged for international action in the country on Sunday.
King says the Armed Services Committee will be discussing the situation in Syria when it meets this Wednesday. Congress will officially reconvene on September 9.