FLAGLER BEACH, Fla. -- Rep. Ron DeSantis, District 6, told a group of his constituents at the Java Joint in Flagler Beach that he will not support a U.S. military strike on Syria.
In three days, the battle over whether the U.S. should strike Bashar al-Assad's regime will take center stage in Congress.
Most of the questions DeSantis answered had something to do with that conflict. Many people in the crowd opposed any U.S. involvement and DeSantis agreed.
"I have not seen a clearly defined military objective or a plan to achieve. That's a threshold issue with me," said DeSantis.
An authorization by members of Congress next week could mean an imminent strike on the Middle Eastern country.
Sen. Bill Nelson was also in town visiting Naval Air Station Jacksonville. Before attending a promotion ceremony he expressed his views on Syria.
"I have seen the evidence. It is conclusive Assad and his government used chemical weapons against his own people, and over 1,400 people have been killed, including 400 children. We just can't let this stand," said Nelson.
Action News asked if U.S. involvement in Syria could strain an already tight budget for our military.
"If we're having a hard time funding our own military, we have sequestration cuts across the board, furloughs right here in Jacksonville, how will we fund another war?" asked reporter Lorena Inclan.
"First of all, sequestration is an idiotic idea. Sequestration was never supposed to go into effect. It was the guillotine that was hanging over the heads of the super-committee," said Nelson. "This is a limited engagement to degrade Assad's chemical weapons ability and to deter him from future action."
But DeSantis disagrees with the notion that it will in fact be a limited strike.
"To say it's going to be limited, that could be your intention going in and maybe it may be a well thought-out intention but you can't guarantee," said DeSantis.
Nelson believes the resolution will garner substantial support in the Senate which will debate the issue first next week. The resolution will then pass to the House of Representatives.
According to DeSantis, he doesn't expect a vote in the House until the following week.