Senator Schumer speaks on Syria

By Chelsea Bishop

September 4, 2013 Updated Sep 4, 2013 at 8:35 AM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton) As the president pushes Congress to act on Syria, Senator Charles Schumer shares his thoughts on the topic.

"There are two sides to it. What they did was horrible, you don't want it to happen again," said Schumer.

When asked his opinion on involvement in Syria, the senator said he is still awaiting a series of briefings about proposed action, but felt the current proposal before Congress wouldn't pass as is.

Schumer also believes there are concerns about the economy.

"The American people really want us to focus on America, on jobs and the economy and the middle class and nobody wants to be involved in a third land war after Iraq and Afghanistan." said Schumer.

The prevention of another civilian attack on Syria, while still focusing on improving America's economy makes the senator question U.S. military action.

"The question of how you deal with those two conflicting needs is a question that we'll have to all answer," said Schumer.

Schumer agreed that President Obama did the right thing by going to Congress with the issue instead of making the decision himself.