Himes plans town hall meeting on using force in Syria to get input

Congressman Jim Himes, whose district includes most of Shelton, will hold a town hall meeting on the president’s request for authorization of military force in Syria on Sunday, Sept. 8 at the Darien Public Library.

The meeting, open to all of Himes’ constituents, will take place from 2:30-4 p.m. at the library, 1441 Post Road, Darien.

Himes, a third-term Democrat, said he wants to gather input from constituents on Syria and President Barack Obama’s request for congressional authorization of military force.

Constituents may RSVP for the town hall meeting by clicking here <http://himes.house.gov/event-rsvp&gt; . RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

Himes has yet to make a decision on whether U.S. military action is necessary in Syria, where U.S. officials have claimed the Assad regime has resorted to the use of chemical weapons in that Middle East nation’s civil war.

Pleased official request was made

Himes previously said he is pleased Obama is seeking the approval of Congress before takingaction. He said such a request “is required by law.”

“We must be very clear on the specific objectives and possible consequences of any military action we may pursue,” Himes said. “The Syrian civil war is complex and unpredictable, with meaningful risk of regional expansion.”

Himes said he will weight factors such as information given to him at classified briefings for members of Congress and the views of his constituents.

“I will closely consider that input as well as evidence and proposed actions with great care before casting my vote,” he said.

Shelton is in two congressional districts

The city of Shelton is divided between two congressional districts.

Congressman Jim Himes lives in Greenwich and was first elected to Congress in 2008. He represents the Fourth District, which includes most of Fairfield County.

Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro lives in New Haven and was first elected to Congress in 1990. She represents the Third District, which is centered in New Haven County.