Goodlatte on Presidential Address & Agenda

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- In his address on Tuesday, the president asked members of Congress to hold on to their votes.

"I have therefore asked the leaders of Congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force while we pursue this diplomatic path," said President Barack Obama.

"He said we need to essentially bomb this country and he also said well, but we're not going to do that right now. Instead we're going to go talk to the Russians and try to get the Syrians to voluntarily give them up, so there is a question about the leadership here that is concerning," said U.S. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R).

"I announced that I would not support this resolution," said Goodlatte, explaining why he officially decided not to support a military strike on Syria.

Goodlatte says the crisis in Syria has eaten up time in Congress.

"There certainly were a few days that were taken up by it," said Goodlatte.

The Chair of the House Judiciary Committee is hoping to focus on other bills that his committee is waiting to bring to the floor.

"Dealing with legal reform and other issues as well. So we'd like to see those addressed and brought to the floor as soon as possible," said Goodlatte.

Goodlatte, like many of the people he represents, is hoping the United States will come up with a peaceful alternative to a military strike.

"Hopefully they'll find another way to solve the problem without having to execute a plan like that," said Goodlatte.

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