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Lawmakers: Syria chemical weapons could menace US

Sunday - 4/28/2013, 2:31pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Members of Congress are expressing concerns that Syria's stockpile of chemical weapons could be a greater threat to the U.S. after President Bashar Assad is forced from power and could end up targeting Americans at home.

Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (shuh-KOW'-skee) tells ABC's "This Week" that "the day after Assad is the day that these chemical weapons could be at risk" and the U.S. could be in "even bigger trouble."

Appearing on CBS's "Face the Nation," Sen. Lindsey Graham made reference to the Boston Marathon bombs, warning that the weapons must be protected or: "The next bomb that goes off in America may not have nails and glass."

U .S. officials last week declared that the Syrian government probably had used sarin gas twice last month.

Graham says the U.S. could safeguard the weapons without a ground force. Fellow Republican Sen. John McCain agrees that U.S. should not sent troops to Syria, but he tells NBC's "Meet the Press" that the U.S. should be part of an international force sent to safeguard Syria's chemical weapons.

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115-w-38-(David Melendy, AP correspondent, with Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman, Intelligence Committee, and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill.)--The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says the United States must keep Syrian weapons from spreading. AP correspondent David melendy has more. (28 Apr 2013)

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116-a-17-(Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman, Intelligence Committee, in interview)-"is horribly destabilizing"-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers says Syria's suspected use of chemical weapons against its own people is bad enough, but it would be even worse if those weapons fall into the wrong hands after President Bashar Assad is driven from power. COURTESY: ABC's "This Week" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (28 Apr 2013)

<> 00:17 "is horribly destabilizing"

117-a-11-(Congressman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman, Intelligence Committee, in interview)-"to be taken"-House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers says other countries are watching how the United States responds to intelligence suggesting Syria probably has used sarin gas. COURTESY: ABC's "This Week" ((mandatory on-air credit)) (28 Apr 2013)

<> 00:11 "to be taken"

118-a-09-(Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., in interview)-"finish the investigation"-Democratic Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky says the United States needs to be careful about prematurely pushing the issue of Syria using chemical weapons before the investigation is complete. COURTESY: ABC's "This Week" ((longer version of cut in wrap)) ((mandatory on-air credit)) (28 Apr 2013)

<> 00:09 "finish the investigation"

119-a-08-(Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., in interview)-"people against us"-Senator John McCain says the U.S. can help Syria, but not by sending troops there.COURTESY: NBC's 'Meet the Press' ((mandatory on-air credit)) (28 Apr 2013)

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120-a-12-(Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., in interview)-"the Middle East"-Senator John McCain says an international force needs to secure the reported chemical weapons in Syria. COURTESY: NBC's 'Meet the Press' ((mandatory on-air credit)) (28 Apr 2013)

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121-a-16-(Senator Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., in interview)-"problem even worse"-Senator Claire McCaskill says there is a lot going on behind the scenes to figure out what to do about Syria. COURTESY: CBS' 'Face the Nation' ((mandatory on-air credit)) (28 Apr 2013)

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