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Published September 10, 2013, 05:51 PM

Lawmakers hear local thoughts on Syria, Obama to address nation Tuesday night

With American involvement in Syria unclear, Syria recently accepted a proposal that would have them forfeit chemical weapons. North Dakota lawmakers are hopeful that this will be a positive diplomatic solution in leu of military action.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

With American involvement in Syria unclear, Syria recently accepted a proposal that would have them forfeit chemical weapons. North Dakota lawmakers are hopeful that this will be a positive diplomatic solution in leu of military action.

Senator Heidi Heitkamp says it's one thing to say yes to getting rid of chemical weapons but it's another thing to actually do it. Heitkamp is opposed to military action in Syria, but says she understands the threat that comes if nothing is done. Congressman Kevin Cramer shared similar feelings, saying America is picking a side in a civil war where there are no good guys.

The senate has proposed using airstrikes as opposed to ground forces, a proposal that neither Heitkamp nor Cramer support. Local lawmakers say they plan on factoring in the wishes of local citizens when making their decision.

"I think it's best summed up by a veteran who came to our Bismarck office and just very, very quietly said to the staff -- just please tell the senator we're tired," said Heitkamp.

President Obama will address the nation beginning at 8 pm. The feed will be carried on WDAZ.

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