Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land forces, said on Saturday that he will block any efforts by President Barack Obama to procure funding to attack Syria until he reverses sequestration cuts to the military.
“The President has failed to make the case to the American people,” Turner said in a statement on Saturday. “There are significant risks to launching an attack on Syria and we don’t know who we are fighting for.”
“The President has mishandled this situation from the very beginning and shown a complete lack of leadership with his imaginary redline,” he explained. “I will not support any funding request for an attack until the President acts to remove the burdens of sequestration from our military.”
On Saturday, Obama said he thinks he has the authority to attack Syria on his own but will seek Congressional approval before taking any military action.