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Delegation Concerned About Potential Attack on Syria

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Federal lawmakers go back to work in Washington after a month long recess.  And at the top of the agenda will be discussing President Barack Obama's request for the use of military force in Syria.

Members of Congress are heading back to D.C. but some North Dakotans are concerned over a major issue lawmakers will be discussing, whether to use military force in Syria.

"These people have been in conflict for 1500 years, 2000 years and I think it's just going to be a mess if we get in there," says Vern Peterson.

"Maybe he is guilty of crimes against humanity but I don't believe a military air strike is the answer," says David Shepard.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp says those opinions echo about 90 percent of the input she has received from North Dakotans.

"Hopefully, we'll be able to listen and resolve this in ways that does not involve military intervention," says Sen. Heitkamp.

She said there could be a vote in the Senate sometime this week and that she is working on an alternative proposal with Senator Joe Manchin, a democrat from West Virginia.

"Basically ask for a diplomatic discussion regarding Syria coming into compliance with the chemical weapons convention. Which is the kind of standard that almost a hundred countries have signed," says Heitkamp.

The Russian government has also entered into that discussion and has asked Syria to put its chemical weapons under international control. And tomorrow night, the President will lay his case out to Congress and the American people.

Senator John Hoeven released a statement saying he does not support a military strike on Syria and that we should instead work with our allies in the region and other countries towards a diplomatic solution.

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