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Heitkamp Weighs In On Syria

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Senator Heidi Heitkamp says she does not support the resolution before the U.S. Senate to engage Military action in Syria.

Heitkamp along with West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin are working on an alternative proposal.

The proposal would have the United States give the Assad government 45 days to begin turning over their chemical weapons and sign the Chemical Weapons Convention.

Heitkamp says the use of chemical weapons is not only a crime against the people of Syria, but also against humanity.

"The concern I have is we're given one option, here's your resolution take it or leave it and I don't think there's ever one option and I think that we need to understand that the use of sarin gas is a very very serious event, it's a critical event and we as an international community need to respond to that when 1400 citizens including children are killed," Senator Heidi Heitkamp said.

Heitkamp says the U.S. has not adequately engaged the international community and has not exhausted all efforts before taking direct military action.

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