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Boehner Wants Obama to Answer These 14 Key Questions on His Syria Action Plan


"What is the intended effect of the potential military strikes?"

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) requested Wednesday that President Barack Obama “clearly articulate” to Congress the “objectives, policy, and strategy for any potential intervention in Syria.”

U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) (Getty Images)

Should the president choose to get America involved in Syria, the letter warns, it could have implications that stretch far beyond the war-torn country.

It will affect “America’s credibility across the globe, especially in places like Iran,” the letter reads.

Acknowledging that Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad may have crossed President Obama’s so-called “red line” by using chemical weapons on Syrian civilians, the Speaker’s letter goes on to pose some basic questions regarding possible U.S. involvement in the region.

“Does the Administration have contingency plans should the strikes implicate foreign power interests, such as Iran or Russia?” Speaker Boehner asks in the letter. “Does the Administration consider such a response to be precedent-setting, should further humanitarian atrocities occur?”

“What result is the Administration seeking from its response?” the letter continues. “What is the intended effect of the potential military strikes?”

The letter concludes by reminding President Obama that he must first seek Congressional approval before committing U.S. troops and/or resources to Syria.

You can see the full list of questions here:

Earlier on Wednesday, a coalition of 116 congressmen sent President Obama a similar letter urging him to seek congressional approval before engaging Syria.

Here's list of the U.S. lawmakers who signed the letter (Democrats in boldface):

  1. Rep. Scott Rigell (VA-02)
  2. Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05)
  3. Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-05)
  4. Rep. Scott Garrett (NJ-05)
  5. Rep. Tom McClintock (CA-04)
  6. Rep. Tom Marino (PA-10)
  7. Rep. Dan Benishek (MI-01)
  8. Rep. Tom Rooney (FL-17)
  9. Rep.  Steve Pearce (NM-02)
  10. Rep. Tim Griffin (AR-2)
  11. Rep. Justin Amash (MI-03)
  12. Rep. Raul Labrador (ID-01)
  13. Rep. Joseph Pitts (PA-16)
  14. Rep. Trent Franks (AZ-08)
  15. Rep. John Campbell (CA-45)
  16. Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-04)
  17. Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (GA-03)
  18. Rep.  Joe Wilson (SC-02)
  19. Rep. Charles Boustany (LA-03)
  20. Rep. Tom Cole (OK-04)
  21. Rep. Louie Gohmert (TX-01)
  22. Rep. Austin Scott (GA-08)
  23. Rep. Bill Posey (FL-8)
  24. Rep. Randy Forbes (VA-04)
  25. Rep. Phil Gingrey (GA-11)
  26. Rep. David Roe (TN-01)
  27. Rep. Mark Sanford (SC-01)
  28. Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr. (TN-02)
  29. Rep. Reid Ribble (WI-08)
  30. Rep. James Lankford (OK-05)
  31. Rep. Bill Cassidy (LA-06)
  32. Rep. Stephen Fincher (TN-08)
  33. Rep. Trey Radel (FL-19)
  34. Rep. Chris Stewart (UT-02)
  35. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (KS-02)
  36. Rep. Jeff Duncan (SC-03)
  37. Rep. David McKinley (WV-01)
  38. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (Fl-12)
  39. Rep. Joseph Heck (NV-03)
  40. Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15)
  41. Rep. Billy Long (MO-07)
  42. Rep. Randy Hultgren (IL-14)
  43. Rep. Steven Palazzo (MS-04)
  44. Rep. Kevin Yoder (KS-03)
  45. Rep. Doug Collins(GA-09)
  46. Rep. Michael Fitzpatrick (PA-08)
  47. Rep. Beto O’Rourke (TX-16)
  48. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
  49. Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04)
  50. Rep. Kurt Schrader (OR-5)
  51. Rep. Rush Holt (NJ-12)
  52. Rep. William Enyart (IL-12)
  53. Rep. Timothy Walz (MN-01)
  54. Rep. Christopher Gibson (NY-19)
  55. Rep. Trey Gowdy (SC-04)
  56. Rep. Frank Wolf (VA-10)
  57. Rep. Michael Capuano (MA-07)
  58. Rep. Michael Simpson (ID-02)
  59. Rep. Michael McCaul (TX-10)
  60. Rep. Thomas E. Petri  (WI-06)
  61. Rep. Robert Pittenger (NC-09)
  62. Rep. Walter Jones (NC-03)
  63. Rep. Tom Latham (IA-04)
  64. Rep. Richard Nolan (MN-08)
  65. Rep. Jim McDermott (WA-07)
  66. Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (MI-11)
  67. Rep. Mike Coffman (CO-06)
  68. Rep. Sean Duffy (WI-07)
  69. Rep. Bruce Braley (IA-01)
  70. Rep. Morgan Griffith (VA-09)
  71. Rep. Brad Wenstrup (OH-02)
  72. Rep. Mark Amodei (NV-02)
  73. Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25)
  74. Rep. Doug LaMalfa (CA-01)
  75. Rep. Brett Guthrie (KY-02)
  76. Rep. Sam Farr (CA-20)
  77. Rep. Steve Daines (MT)
  78. Rep. Robert Hurt (VA-05)
  79. Rep. Steve Southerland, II (FL-2)
  80. Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN-06)
  81. Rep. Ralph Hall (TX-04)
  82. Rep.  Randy Neugebauer (TX-19)
  83. Rep. Robert Wittman (VA-01)
  84. Rep. Anna Eshoo (CA-18)
  85. Rep. David Schweikert (AZ-06)
  86. Rep. Todd Rokita (IN-4)
  87. Rep. David Loebsack (IA-02)
  88. Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03)
  89. Rep. Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02)
  90. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (OR-03)
  91. Rep. Sam Johnson (TX-03)
  92. Rep. Tom Price (GA-06)
  93. Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11)
  94. Rep. Paul Broun (GA-10)
  95. Rep. Markwayne Mullin (OK-02)
  96. Rep. Steve Stockman (TX-36)
  97. Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner (WI-05)
  98. Rep. Chris Collins (NY-27)
  99. Rep. Diane Black (TN-06)
  100. Rep. Daniel Webster (FL-10)
  101. Rep. Peter Welch (VT)
  102. Rep. Lou Barletta (PA-11)
  103. Rep. Tim Murphy (PA-18)
  104. Rep. Gregg Harper (MS-03)
  105. Rep. Jim Jordan (OH-04)
  106. Rep. Ted S. Yoho ( FL-03)
  107. Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17)
  108. Rep. Michael Burgess (TX-26)
  109. Rep. Jim Matheson (UT-04)
  110. Rep. Cory Gardner (CO-04)
  111. Rep. Alan Nunnelee (MS-01)
  112. Rep. Jason Smith (MO-08)
  113. Rep. Charles Fleischmann (TN-03)
  114. Rep. Tim Walberg (MI-07)
  115. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (TN-07)
  116. Rep. Collin Peterson (MN-7)


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