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Local lawmakers aren't voting, but many are hearing from constituents.

7:32 PM, Sep 4, 2013   |    comments
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ORANGE PARK, Fla. -- Local lawmakers are speaking out on next week's full Senate vote on Syria. Though the lawmakers First Coast News talked to aren't taking part in that vote, many lawmakers said they've heard from the people they serve.

In Clay County, State Senator Rob Bradley and State Representative Travis Cummings said they're sure Florida's senators and representatives in Washington are looking over all the evidence before they vote.

"Clearly that's something that Congress needs to deliberate on," said Cummings.

"I just think anything you get involved, as we've seen from past experiences in the Middle East, that we need to ensure what the mission is all about and what the objectives are", he added.

Bradley said the United States Senate has information from national security briefings. That's why he's confident they'll make the right decision.

" ... I trust President Obama and his National Security Team as well as the leadership in Congress," he said.

As for how some of the local national representatives and senators plan to vote, here's the latest.

Senator Bill Nelson told First Coast News he will vote for military action.

Senator Marco Rubio's office sent out a release stating he would "vote against military action in Syria."

Representative Ander Crenshaw's office said he's still reviewing information.

Representative Corrine Brown told First Coast News she's also reviewing information, but is "leaning toward going along with what the President recommended."

First Coast News

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