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A rebel fighter points his weapon at regime forces in an industrial area of Syria's eastern town of Deir Ezzor, on September 2, 2013. US President Barack Obama launched an intense lobbying effort yesterday to sway skeptical lawmakers weighing whether to support a military strike against Syria. (credit: AFP PHOTO / ABO SHUJA)

A rebel fighter points his weapon at regime forces in an industrial area of Syria’s eastern town of Deir Ezzor, on September 2, 2013. US President Barack Obama launched an intense lobbying effort yesterday to sway skeptical lawmakers weighing whether to support a military strike against Syria. (credit: AFP PHOTO / ABO SHUJA)

FORT WORTH (CBS 11 NEWS) - As President Obama says he’ll seek congressional approval for military strikes against the Assad regime, several members of the Texas Congressional delegation are expressing their opinions on the idea.

Senator John Cornyn tweeted that “It’s important not only for the President to make the case for Syria to Congress, but also to the American people.” He previously called for President Obama to call Congress back to session to debate military action in the country.

Sen. Cornyn also released the following statement over the weekend. “The Administration failed to explain how they intend to effectively respond to the situation in Syria. The lack of a strategic plan and failure of leadership is evident in our country, Syria and across the globe.”

Sen. Cornyn will be in Washington D.C. on Tuesday for briefings.

While speaking with reporters in Washington D.C., Representative Michael Burgess said he remained skeptical that the U.S. should take military action. “Certainly the mood in the district that I represent is do not so this, and I honestly didn’t hear anything that I ought to have a different position,” he said.

A spokesperson for Representative Joe Barton said Barton does not support direct American military action in Syria, based on what he has seen so far.

Congressman Jeb Hensarling released the following statement on military action in Syria: “The president made the right decision to seek authorization from Congress for military action in Syria. Now he must make a compelling case – clearly laying out how military action is in the best interest of our national security and credibility abroad and putting forth a clear and detailed plan of action – to receive the approval of Congress.”

Representative Ralph Hall says he does not support U.S. military involvement in Syria.  “I have received hundreds of calls and letters from constituents expressing strong opposition to any U.S. involvement in Syria, and I plan to vote ‘no’ in accordance with their views,” said Hall in a statement.   “Along with many of my colleagues, I urged the President to seek Congressional authorization in a letter sent August 28th. His decision to do so gives Americans more time and opportunity to express their views through their elected representatives. When Congress begins debate on this issue next week, I will continue to listen to my constituents and vote with my District.”

Representative Sam Johnson, a decorated combat veteran released a statement questioning America’s “clear” objectives in Syria.  “I strongly believe the Obama administration has failed to articulate a clear mission and path to victory,” he said in a written statement.    “I want to know the mission. Who will go in? What would they do? When would they go? And most importantly WHY would we send them?” he questioned.  “The Administration has to answer some tough and gripping questions before I will vote to put our military men and women in harms’ way,” he continued.

CBS 11 has also reached out to Senator Ted Cruz, Representative Kay Granger, Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, and Representative Pete Sessions. We are awaiting their response.

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