Rep. Kinzinger: White House ignored offer to help court votes on Syria

September 8, 2013

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) on Sunday criticized the administration for failing to build a substantive relationship with Congress, accusing the White House of ignoring his office's offer of help in gathering support for military intervention in Syria.

"You can't begin to build a relationship for the first time when you need their support on something like this," Kinzinger said on ABC News's "This Week" on Sunday. "I mean, look, a week and a half ago my office actually reached out to the White House and said 'hey, we support the strike on Syria, we're going to help you round up support if you need it.' I haven't heard back from the White House yet. I haven't heard back from anyone. I don't even know who my White House liaison is."

Kinzinger said that the president has "made this decision correctly," referring to the administration's argument that the Syrian government's alleged use of chemical weapons on its own citizens mandates a military response.

Niraj Chokshi reports for GovBeat, The Post's state and local policy blog.
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