Many of the congressional Republicans were opposed to President Obama's request to approve a similar action against…
"A vital national security risk is clearly not at play, there are just too many unanswered questions about our long-term strategy in Syria, including the fact that this proposal is utterly detached from a wider strategy to end the civil war there, and on the specific question of deterring the use of chemical weapons, the President's proposal appears to be based on a contradiction. Either we will strike targets that threaten the stability of the regime — something the President says he does not intend to do — or we will execute a strike so narrow as to be a mere demonstration."
Congressional Resolution for a Use of Force in Syria, Remarks of Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, September 10, 2013
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan in 2013, opposed Obama's proposal to attack Syria, saying, "I believe the President's proposed military strike in Syria cannot achieve its stated objectives. In fact, I fear it will make things worse."