Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney has announced he will hold a Town Hall meeting by phone on Thursday night to gather constituents’ views on whether Congress should authorize attacking Syria in response to reports the Syrian government used poison gas on its citizens, killing more than 1,400.
“This town hall will give me the chance to hear directly from thousands of folks across the district regarding U.S involvement in Syria,” the Cold Spring Democrat said in a statement. “The most important voices in this debate are the voices of my neighbors in the Hudson Valley.”
The call will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday. Maloney’s office said it will call “tens of thousands” residents of New York’s 18th Congressional District to invite them to participate. Residents can also ask to participate by emailing their name and phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org, by call Maloney’s Washington office at 202-225-5441 or by signing up on his website.
President Barack Obama had been struggling to build support for a limited military attack but has now asked for time to test a potential resolution in which Syria would agree to turn over and eventually destroy its chemical weapons.
Maloney has called the use of chemical weapons “unacceptable” but given no indication whether he would support or oppose a U.S. strike, saying he needed more information about the proposed action. Rep. Chris Gibson, his Republican counterpart in the neighboring 19th District, has been an outspoken opponent of U.S. military involvement in Syria.