Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia) said today that Congress should vote on President Obama’s plans to bomb Syria.
Capito appeared on the statewide radio show Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval.
“We need a vote on this,” Capito said. “People — American citizens — are tired of decisions being made in the international community and then finding out later that maybe it wasn’t in our best interest, that there is a lot more sacrifice than we are willing to make.”
“This is a time for us to decide as a nation what direction we want to go and how far we want to go,” Capito said.
Kercheval asked Capito whether the Speaker of the House, John Boehner (R-Ohio), should call the House into session to debate the issue.
“I don’t think so,” Capito said. “But if it heats up more, if it becomes more imminent, then he can change his mind and call us back in at any time.”
Kercheval pointed out that the UK Parliament yesterday had a “really great debate yesterday, with intelligent questions and information and then they took a vote and said — no, we are not going to do it.”
Capito said that if the vote were taken today, she would vote no on a strike on Syria, but more compelling information might change her mind.
An NBC poll shows that nearly 80 percent of Americans want Congress to vote before President Obama takes any military action against Syria.