Lawmakers propose alternative to immediate military action in SyriaSenator Heidi Heitkamp and a colleague are proposing an alternative to military action in response to Syria's use of chemical weapons on its own people.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ
Senator Heidi Heitkamp and a colleague are proposing an alternative to military action in response to Syria's use of chemical weapons on its own people.
The plan would give the government of Syrian President Assad 45 days to sign an international ban on chemical weapons to avoid a strike. Senator Heitkamp says she's troubled that other such options haven't been explored.
Heitkamp says that extended time frame would give other countries, such as Russia and Iran, a chance to weigh in on the debate. If Assad refuses to sign the ban and abide by the terms, the proposal in its draft form allows for the use of power. Some of the local people we talked with Friday had mixed feelings on what should be done.
Vicki Jones said "I don't think the United States should jump right in and retaliate, especially without the whole UN backing it."
Robert Turner supports the proposed action saying "I don't know if we can allow innocent women and children to be killed like they did in Rwanda. Thousands of people have died. Or on the other hand do we look the other way and see how many people die before we do anything?"
Federal Legislators are expected to vote week on a resolution that could give president Obama support for a military strike against Syria.