As Congress prepares to debate whether or not the U.S. should attack Syria, one local Congressman is speaking out. Congressman Bill Owens said his decision will depend on several factors. YNN's Brian Dwyer reports.
WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- Although Congress does not return to session until September 9, several members returned to the Capitol to receive briefing from the White House about a possible attack in Syria.
In response to President Barack Obama's announcement that Congress will make the decision, Congressman Bill Owens has many questions.
"What I have to know is, what's the mission? What's the duration of the mission? What resources are we going to use?," asked Owens.
The Congressman said he will not support any action that requires U.S. troops in Syria. When it comes to air strikes, he said they should be quick and specific to attack military aircrafts or airfields.
"I think if you're going to make a strike and there's a possibility of retaliation in some form either against us or Israel or other countries, we need to do something which puts a dent in his abilities or eliminates his ability to use chemical weapons in the future," said Owens.
He is also considering the underlying issues, including Iran. Any action the U.S. takes against Syria could have big implications.
"The issue of Iran and its nuclear capability and how we respond to them crossing the bright line if you will, I'm sure that's in the administrations calculus as they do this analysis," said Owens.
He added any strike must have purpose other than sending an expensive message.
As several leaders make their early return to the Capitol, it is expected there will be Congressional approval.