GOP Congressman Roskam opposes Syria strike

GOP Congressman Roskam opposes Syria strike

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WHEATON, Ill. (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam is parting with fellow House Republican leaders in opposing U.S. military action in Syria.

The House GOP chief deputy whip from suburban Wheaton tells The Associated Press he waited to make the decision until after a Monday evening classified security briefing with National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. The White House on Tuesday was exploring diplomatic means to resolve the crisis.

Roskam says he is "completely underwhelmed" by President Barack Obama's case for winning congressional backing for a military strike.

Both House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor have expressed support for the idea of a strike but many rank-and-file Republicans oppose it.

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