An area congressman remains vocal against colleagues across the aisle regarding their opinions on middle east tensions and an attack on American troops.
As ABC News is reporting, Iran fired multiple missiles into Iraq on Tuesday evening, targeting U.S. military sites in what appeared to be retaliation for the recent American drone strike that killed one of its top generals.
There have been no initial reports of casualties.
Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Channahon, whose 16th District covers portions of the WSPY listening area, directed comments at Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Pelosi said in a Tweet on Tuesday evening, that she was closely monitors the bombings and said, "we must ensure the safety of our servicemembers, including ending needless provocations from the Administration and demanding that Iran cease its violence. America & world cannot afford war."
Kinzinger responded in a statement saying, "back in the day we used to focus on our enemies who escalated till we finally responded. But now, Speaker Pelosi sympathizes with Iranian talking points about 'needless provocations." Kinzinger added, "I’d say 50,000 dead Syrian children and 600 dead Americans is provocative."
Meanwhile, several Democrats around the country also remained vocal, reiterating statements that the Trump administration has moved the country closer to the brink of war in recent days.
Locally, 11th District Democratic Congressman Bill Foster issued a short statement saying that thoughts are with the American service members in harm’s way in Iraq. 14th District Democratic Congresswoman Lauren Underwood did not issue remarks.
However, Underwood was vocal, last week, when Iranian General Qassem Soleimani was killed by American forces. She had called out the Trump administration saying the military actions, "represent an unprecedented escalation of tensions with Iran that increases the dangers of war in the Middle East." Like several House Democrats, she had called for intelligence information to Congress before authorizing the killing.
Meanwhile, among other stories around the world includes devastation in Puerto Rico where ABC reports that a state of emergency was declared after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake collapsed buildings and knocked out power to the island.
Locally, Congressman Foster issued a short statement saying that the federal government needs to be ready to support the territory as they recover from the tragedy.