More Indiana lawmakers weigh in on Syria situation


Indiana lawmakers continue to share their stance on President Barack Obama's plan on the situation on Syria.

Washington was a busy place Wednesday. The House Foreign Affairs Committee heard from Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Indiana Congressman Luke Messer is the lone Indiana member of that committee. He is scheduled to be back in Indiana this Friday.

Over in the Senate, the Foreign Relations Committee voted to give the president authority to use force against Syria.

"The president has not made the case that this is the best thing to do, under the circumstances," said Sen. Dan Coats (R-Indiana).

Coats is a member of the Intelligence Committee. He has received briefings at the White House and on Capitol Hill.

"You can say 'quick and easy.' A lot of times, it does not turn out that way," Coats said, adding that he doesn't yet know how he will vote. "I'm withholding judgement until I learn more, until my questions are answered and until I hear from Hoosiers that I represent."

Former Republican Senator Richard Lugar says he would stand with the president.

"When we say we are not going to allow the use of chemical weapons in this world, we need to mean it," Lugar said.

Retired Democratic Congressman Lee Hamilton is critical of lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

"I think they should have come back into session a week or more ago. They were on vacation. A war is going on. We are thinking of intervening and they are taking their time in getting back," said Hamilton.

Third District Congressman Marlin Stutzman was in Washington Tuesday, but was back in Indiana meeting with constituents in Indianapolis Wednesday.

"Want to be cautious as we move forward. Anyone using chemical weapons is bad. We have to move forward so we have the facts and we know what is happening in the country," Stutzman said.