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The conflict in Syria continues to rise as Congress prepares to decide what the United States' next step should be. The conflict in Syria continues to rise as Congress prepares to decide what the United States' next step should be.
HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) -

The conflict in Syria continues to rise as Congress prepares to decide what the United States' next step should be.

Congressman Steven Palazzo (R- Dist. 4) has not said how he will vote when Congress is called back into session next week, but he is listening to his constituents.

"As I review the evidence that is being presented and the president's request for military action," says Palazzo, "I am all too aware that many Mississippians have zero desire to engage in another conflict in the Middle East."

Dr. Noel Mann, chemical weapons expert and current science teacher at Presbyterian Christian School, says that the sarin gas used to kill over 1,400 Syrians is "very menacing" to the general population.

"Without protective equipment, you're not going to survive," says Mann. "You can absorb this type of chemical through your eyes, through your skin, through inhalation."

Although major GOP leaders like Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Tuesday they would side with President Obama's plan, Rep. Gregg Harper (R- Dist. 3) says he is not yet sure how he will vote.

"The resolution as submitted to the Senate is unacceptable," says Harper. "It's entirely too broad. We need a more detailed plan and explanation of what the Administration plans to do."

Congressional leaders are meeting with White House administration this week before Congress is called back into session on September 9.

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