Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami
Did not respond to request Saturday from Miami Herald for comment, but she issued this letter on Aug. 30 to constituents.
“The President must show Congress and the American public that he understands the potential consequences for our national security interests and of our allies; that he understands all of the possible effects any action in Syria may have across the region, and what may happen in Syria as a result of United States action — with Assad, al-Qaeda, Iran, Hezbollah and Russia.
“There is no easy option. But I believe that we cannot simply allow Assad to continue this unthinkable brutality against his own people. We must understand that any action, and even inaction, has the potential to bear dangerous results — for Syria, for the region, for our allies and for the United States.
The President must show to the American people and to Congress that he fully understands all the implications of his actions in the coming days, and clearly state his objectives and the U.S. interests at stake.”
Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Miami
"Congressman Garcia condemns the repeated use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government against its own people as an appalling violation of international law and human rights. He believes that the United States and the international community must stand united in ensuring those responsible are held accountable for these atrocities. The Obama Administration should work closely with Congress in weighing the best course of action. Congressman Garcia understands that any military action can have unintended and serious consequences for American servicemen and women, our allies, as well as for millions of Syrians. These actions must be considered carefully and Congressman Garcia will continue to closely monitor the situation.”
Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Boca Raton (statement earlier this week)
She did not respond to a request Saturday for comment from the Miami Herald, but issued the following statement on Aug. 27.
“The situation in Syria is an unimaginable tragedy. The cruelty of chemical weapons attacks is one more extraordinary deplorable aspect in a conflict that has taken over 100,000 Syrian lives. For the United States, there are no good options. While I do not support troops on the ground in Syria, we must continue to support the most vulnerable victims of the conflict through sustained humanitarian assistance. As we determine the most strategic option moving forward, we should work with our international allies to ensure that any direct engagement has a clearly defined purpose and be cognizant of potential negative consequences.”
Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami
"It was the right decision. I think the American people want their elected officials to have a vote. My concern is what would the retaliation be and would it affect neighboring countries ... I will be asking, ’who is the opposition?’ If Assad is the enemy, who is the friend?”
“I’m not a hawk and I will do anything that I can to keep our nation from going to war. It is my hope that we will not go to war.”