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AUDIO: Michigan congressional leaders involved in debate over action against Syria

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTVB) - The White House spent the weekend pressing their case with congressional leaders for an air strike on Syria with briefings, one on one meetings and phone calls.   Today the President will meet with ranking members of all national security and defense committees. The President is finding that some of his usual supporters are backing away this time, and some of his usual opponents are his best allies.

On Friday, 7th District Michigan Republican Representative Tim Walberg told us the situation in Syria has depleted into an unknown quantity of actors on all sides including terrorist organizations causing us not to know what the revolt consists of anymore. Walberg was among those on Capitol Hill who called on the President to consult Congress before any actions were by the administration. Michigan Democrat Gary Peters is squarely on the fence, saying we need to weigh the situation, it’s very serious and that careful deliberations are called for.

Michigan Republican and House Intelligence Chair Mike Rogers says this transcends party politics, it’s a national security issue, it’s not about Barack Obama versus the Congress, nor Republicans vs. Democrats. Michigan Democrat Sander Levin says more importantly, the U.S. must be on record opposing the use of chemical warfare. Congress doesn’t reconvene until next week, so there will be plenty of arm-twisting, briefing and debate in the meantime.