Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said he wants to see an “intelligent, sober, non-partisan” discussion as federal lawmakers debate whether to authorize a strike on Syria.
Speaking to reporters in the North Country, Cuomo addressed President Barack Obama’s request to use force against the Syrian government, which is believed by the Obama administration to have used chemical weapons in a violent civil war.
Cuomo, without taking a position on Obama’s request from Congress, said he wants to see a “discussion that comes up with an intelligent conclusion through a deliberative process.”
“I want to see the federal government work,” Cuomo said. “I want to see Washington function, which means I don’t want to see the gridlock we’ve been seeing, I don’t want to see the hyperpartisanship we’ve been seeing.”
Obama announced Saturday that he would formally ask Congress for authorization for what he says would be a targeted strike against the Assad regime. New York’s congressional delegation is split on the request, with some favoring a more narrow authorization than the one Obama has presented.
“This is a truly serious, phenomenally serious topic,” Cuomo said. “You’re talking about a loss of life. You’re talking about putting Americans’ lives in harm’s way. So, the process and the fact that government works and works well is critical.”
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