Loebsack asks input on Syria; representative will hold Southeast Iowa office hours this month
WASHINGTON — Congressman Dave Loebsack is asking for citizens’ input about the issue in Syria.
He writes: “The president asked Congress to vote to authorize taking military action in Syria in response to their government using chemical weapons against their own people.
“While I believe the use of chemical weapons against civilians is morally reprehensible and should be unequivocally condemned by the international community, we must exercise extreme caution in undertaking military action. I want to hear from you.
“What do you think Congress and the President should do? I strongly believe the President must make the case to the American people for military action, and it’s critical to me that I know where you stand.
“Your input is very important. I have been briefed by the White House but, like you, I still have many questions that must be answered before Congress votes on committing our military resources in the region. Hearing your thoughts is an important part of my deliberations.”
Loebsack is asking citizens to weigh-in through on online poll at loebsack.house.gov/forms/form/?ID=2730.
Loebsack will have a member of his staff in Southeast Iowa for open office hours this month.
Jared Hershberger, Loebsack’s district representative, will be on hand to work with individuals who are having difficulty with a government agency, have suggestions for Loebsack, or would just like to share their concerns.
Members of the public are invited to attend. Hershberger holds regular office hours throughout Iowa. He will be at the following regional locations:
• West Burlington City Hall, 10 a.m. – noon Friday; 10 a.m. – noon Sept. 13; and 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 20; and 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 27.
• Burlington City Hall, 10 a.m. – noon, Tuesday; 10 a.m.- noon Sept. 17; and 10 a.m.-noon Sept. 24.
• Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, 1-2 p.m. Wednesday; 1-2 p.m. Sept. 25.
• Washington, Iowa, Chamber of Commerce, 10 a.m.- noon, Sept. 18.
• Mount Pleasant City Hall, 2-3 p.m. 2-3 p.m. Sept. 18.
• Keosauqua City Hall, 10 a.m. –noon, Sept. 25.
If residents are unable to attend but have a concern to share, call the district office toll-free at 1-866-914-IOWA (4692).