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U.S. Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh)
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh)

Owens: no "troops on the ground," undecided on Syria authorization

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President Barack Obama is trying to convince Congress that the U.S. should take military action against Syria's regime. Administration officials say President Bashar Assad's forces used chemical weapons on their own people last month near Damascus.

After senior administration officials briefed dozens of members of Congress Sunday, there were some Republicans and Democrats who said they need more evidence.

In a statement over the weekend, North Country Congressman Bill Owens, a Democrat from Plattsburgh, said he's still "opposed to placing United States troops on the ground." But he said was "encouraged by the president's decision to seek Congressional authorization before carrying out any military action."

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Owens said he’ll decide on his vote in the coming days, after “listening to my constituents and reviewing the president’s case.”

He said he’ll be focusing on how long any mission might last, and  its cost and objectives, particularly “whether or not U.S. military action could prevent the future use of chemical weapons in Syria.”

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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