Maryland Democrat Chris Van Hollen: Evidence of Syria attack convincing, but Congress is divided

mdRep. Chris Van Hollen said Monday that a majority of Congress finds footage of a chemical attack on Syrian civilians to be convincing, but lawmakers remain divided over how to respond.

Mr. Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat who is a key party voice on foreign affairs in the House, said there is fear of “mission creep” in the region that would go beyond punitive action against Syrian President Bashar Assad, whom the White House has pinpointed as responsible for an Aug. 21 sarin gas attack near Damascus that killed more than 1,400 Syrians.

“But we do need to act in response to this outrageous mass gassing of civilians,” Mr. Van Hollen told MSNBC’s “Morning Rundown.”

The congressman declined to predict how …
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