Tuesday night, President Barack Obama made his case to the American people for diplomatic action against Syria because of their use of chemical weapons. The president also urged Congress to put off a vote on military action against Syria.

Many in Congress have stated they are against military action in Syria.  Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R- Lubbock) is one of those who is, “I remain opposed to American military intervention in Syria," he said after the President's address. "I’ve considered this issue carefully, and attended classified briefings with senior military and intelligence officials.  While the violence in Syria is tragic, I’m not convinced that American intervention would provide any real solutions.  The President has yet to provide clear objectives for U.S. military engagement, and without a concrete, achievable mission, I cannot support putting our men and women in uniform in harm’s way.

“It’s critical that we remain cautious in our negotiations with Russia, and that we insist on verification of any agreements to neutralize Syria’s chemical weapons. But I am encouraged that we are pursuing a diplomatic approach, and I am hopeful that we can find a resolution.”

Congressman Randy Neugebauer appears on Lubbock's First News on KFYO Monday mornings at 7:35a