Should the U.S. and its allies take out Syria’s ability to use chemical weapons. Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Bob Casey believes President Obama has the power to make a move without consent from Federal lawmakers.
“I believe the War Powers Act allows the President to take military action, especially when you consider that chemical weapons are being used against the Syrian people.”
Casey says, he’s disappointed that the British Parliament voted against taking action over the Syria issue
President Obama continues to seek out support for a resolution that would allow the United States to carry out a military attack on Syria chemical weapons stockpile. Congressman Jim Gerlach says, right now, he would cast a "no" vote to attack Syria, based on the information that’s available.
“The Resolution only says, you’re only going to be allowed over 90 days, perhaps some missiles to make a strike to send a message. But what happens if it gets out of hand and Americans are put in danger, is this really worth it if you’re only purpose, as the President has stated is simply send some sort of message without taking Ashad out or without otherwise dealing with his military forces.”
Gerlach says, based on the information he would vote “no” because the situation is not directly impacting Americans. He adds, if information was discovered that militant groups with unfavorable views of the U-S were to obtain some of Ashad’s chemical weapons, he would lean toward military action. Congressman Gerlach was a guest on WNPV’s AM-Edition Thursday morning with Darryl Berger.
A vote on an ordinance to protect members of the gay, lesbian and transgender communities could come in Montgomery County sometime near the fall season. Commissioner Chairman, Josh Shapiro says a work group is trying to determine if Montco can adopt such an ordinance.
“We’ve exploring that legal question and we hope to be able to have a public presentation on this sometime early in the fall. We will take the results of that and determine what action is necessary.”
It seems likely the non discrimination ordinance would be passed with or without the support of minority Commissioner, Bruce Castor.
Political analyst, Dr. Chris Borick says, most Americans do not support military intervention in Syria and he doesn’t think the President’s interviews today and address to the nation Tuesday night will sway public opinion.
“As much as I give the bully pulpit of the Presidency a lot of power in terms of moving the public, on this issue, I doubt, very much, that he’s going to sway a large majority of Americans on his position.
Borick is the Director of The Center of Public Policy at Mulhenberg College in Allentown and was a guest on the Monday afternoon Edition of Comment Please By Univest on WNPV.