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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Democratic Congressman Raul Grijalva says "At this point, I would not support the resolution to take military action," when asked about his support of the President's position on Syria.

Congressman Ron Barber says "I haven't taken a position yet and I'm not going to until I know more."

Both lawmakers were seeking voter input as they shook hands, took pictures with babies and made the rounds at the Labor Day picnic at Reid Park.

Both said they want to know how their constituents feel about military action.

"Some said they support it but most said no, they don't want to get involved," Barber said.

"The consequences of taking pre-emptive action without support, without charges from the high court on charges against humanity, I think leaves us exposed," Grijalva says.

He also believes the majority of members of the Progressive Caucus, which he leads, will vote the same way.

"It further brings us into the quagmire of the Middle East that we can't seem to get out of," he says.

Both Barber and Grijalva are pleased President Obama will consult Congress before taking any action but "we need to weigh the consequences, both intended and unintended," Barber adds.

"He's (President Obama) is a no win situation by bringing it to Congress but that's the process," Grijalva says. "I'm glad he did, I think is shows a lot of strength."

Barber says he will rely on constituent help as well as more information from the White House.

"I've invited my constituents to contact me by email and by phone and I'm sure we'll get a lot of contacts," he says.

Grijalva says before and after the vote.

"Their constituents are going to hold them accountable for the votes they take," he says.

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