Syria
8:59 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Wasserman Schultz Will Lobby Fellow Jewish Members To Back Strike At Syria

South Florida Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz says she'll support the president and vote for limited missile strikes against Syria to punish its use of chemical weapons against Syrian civilians. She called it a "moral obscenity" which the regime of Bashar al-Assad is likely to repeat if there are no consequences.

More than a thousand people, including hundreds of children, were killed last month by what the administration believes was poison gas launched by the Syrian government. Wasserman-Schultz, who is Jewish, represents one of the country's largest concentrations of Holocaust survivors. She says the phrase "never again" should mean something.

"I have a briefing call with all the Jewish members of congress later today and we'll hear from national security council staff and the white house", said Wasserman-Schultz. "So, we'll have lots of opportunities to talk among ourselves."

Wasserman Schultz is the national Democratic party chairwoman. But she says whether to attack Syria is a nonpartisan issue and Democrats who don't agree with her won't be pressured to change their minds. Leaders of both parties in Congress have agreed to support the missile strike but have freed their members to vote their consciences.