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Mass politicians speak out on Syria

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On Saturday, President Barack Obama asked Congress to consider a strike on Syria.

Then on Monday, politicians from across the country, including here in Western Mass, spoke out on what should be the United States' next move.

Rep. Richard Neal and both Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey are just a long list of politicians giving their advice on which direction the country should go in dealing with Syria.

The Obama administration says evidence proves Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad's regime killed hundreds with poison gas.

A French intelligence report backs up that claim, stating chemical agents were used last month in Damascus.

Now politicians from both sides of the aisle are coming forward and speaking out on the country's next move.

President Obama called two top Republican senators to the White House to convince them to support his plan to use military force against Syria.

Sen. John McCain agrees with the president, saying something must be done.

"We have to make it clear that a vote against this would be catastrophic in its consequences," said McCain.

Meanwhile in Boston at the Annual Labor Day breakfast, Warren said the U.S. should proceed with caution when it comes to interfering with the conflict in Syria.

"It's a very complicated situation on the ground and if we go in, even with good intentions, there can be unexpected consequences for America. So what we're trying to work through is what would happen and I'm very concerned."

Markey said he backs a U.S. missile strike but also agrees there needs to be a better understanding of the consequences before going through with one.

"I just want to understand what is likely to happen after we strike so we understand what the ramifications are," said Markey.

Neal also reacted to the latest in Syria.

In a statement issued to CBS 3, Neal said, "While the Syrian government needs to be held accountable for its outrageous behavior, I believe that every diplomatic option ought to be exhausted before the United States and its international partners contemplate any military action in the region."

Assad denies his government used chemical weapons and says any Western military action will trigger a regional war.

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