Rep. Kinzinger: Obama Waited for Crisis to Build Bridge to Congress

Sunday, 08 Sep 2013 01:59 PM

By Greg Richter

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President Barack Obama should have been building a relationship with Congress long before he wanted its help backing his unpopular move to strike Syria, says Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.

Kinzinger, a member House Foreign Relations Committee, appeared Sunday on ABC's "This Week," predicting it will be "very difficult" for Obama to get votes since he hasn't already laid the groundwork.

"You can't begin to build a relationship with Congress for the first time when you need their support for something like this," Kinzinger said.

Kinzinger supports a limited missile strike on Syria for using chemical weapons on civilians in August. He said his office reached out to the White House a week and a half ago to offer help in rounding up support from fellow House members.

"I haven't heard back from the White House yet," Kinzinger said. "I haven't heard back from anyone. I don't even know who my White House liaison is, which is supposed to be creating this relationship."


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