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GOP Rep.: Why Won’t White House Return My Call About Helping Pass Syria Bill?

On ABC’s This Week With George Stephanopoulos, Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger said he had tried to work with the White House to pass their Syria authorization, but had yet to hear back from the Obama administration.

“It’s going to be very difficult to get votes,” said Kinzinger, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. “This goes back not just to the issue itself, but you can’t begin to build a relationship with Congress for the first time when you need their support on something like this.”

“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 gonna 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 know who my White House liaison is, who is supposed to be creating this relationship.”

“So now we find ourselves in a situation where I think the president has made the decision, correctly, that the cost of using chemical weapons should far exceed the benefit that anybody gains from it, and he’s trying to build a relationship with Congress, and there’s a trust deficit,” Kinzinger said.

UPDATE: According to ABC News, the White House reached out to Kinzinger’s office following the show and expressed a desire to work with him.
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