Rep. Justin Amash at Kava House - 9/3/13
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Republican U.S. Rep. Justin Amash will return to Washington next week to vote on a possible military strike against Syria for President Bashar Assad's apparent use of chemical weapons.
Two weeks ago, nearly 1,500 Syrians died in an attack near Damascus, including hundreds of children. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says blood and hair samples from the victims prove sarin nerve gas was used.
President Obama is calling for a U.S. military strike against Syria and will seek authorization from Congress when members return for the fall session September 9.
On Tuesday, Rep. Amash held six townhall meetings in West Michigan to discuss the situation in Syria. The Cascade Township republican has been outspoken about his concerns over possible military action in Syria.
"Based on what I've heard, there is circumstantial evidence that chemical weapons were used and the government is responsible for it," says Amash. He says he wants more proof and a plan. "There's all sorts of consequences and I don't think they've made the case for a long-term strategy that makes sense for us."
There were some strong opinions from the crowd at Amash's first stop in East Grand Rapids. Most were against military action, but some felt the U.S. needed to do something if chemical weapons were used against innocent people.
Amash will hold five more meetings with constituents on Wednesday.
Wednesday, September 4:
10:00 a.m. -- Main Street Beanery: 113 West Michigan Avenue, Marshall
11:00 a.m. -- Rep. Amash Office, 70 Michigan West, Battle Creek
1:15 p.m. -- State Grounds Coffee, 108 East State Street, Hastings,
2:15 p.m. -- Essential Bean Coffee, 8980 North Rogers Court, Caledonia
3:15 p.m. -- Panera Bread, 6080 28th Street SE, Grand Rapids 49546