ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - New Mexico Senator Tom Udall is getting a lot of attention for the strong words he shared with Secretary of State John Kerry.
It was the most heated part of Tuesday's four-hour congressional hearing on possible military action in Syria.
"What message are we sending? To the international community we're saying once again the United States will be the world's policeman," Udall said during the hearing. "You break a law, and the United States will step in."
As Udall focused his questions on the risks of action in Syria, fellow democrat Kerry pushed back with the risks of inaction.
"Are you going to be comfortable if Assad, as a result of the United States not doing anything, then gasses his people yet again and they -- and the world says, why didn't the United States act?" Kerry asked Udall. "History is full of opportunity of moments where someone didn't stand up and act when it made a difference."
Udall questioned if a strike could strengthen extremists and whether it could eventually lead to the use of ground forces. He also questioned whether the U.S. Has done enough to work for international support.
Despite all of the reservations he expressed, Senator Udall has said he has not yet decided on how he will vote on the plan to use military force.
Tuesday was the first of several briefings before the full Senate votes on the proposal.
An Albuquerque Police officer involved shooting over the weekend marks the fifth since late October and city officials are taking notice.
A woman was stolen from her daughter's car, a woman who died more than five years ago.
Albuquerque police shot and killed a man Sunday night after responding to an assault call near UNM.
Deputies were led on a chase around 4 p.m. Monday after a person called 911 to report their vehicle had been stolen and was being driven recklessly around Albuquerque.
New Mexico could have hundreds of millions of dollars more to spend as legislators get ready to put together next year's budget in the upcoming legislative session.
Organizers of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl are hoping to shed the disappointing attendance numbers that weighed down the event last year when the Colorado State Rams and the Washington State Cougars face off Dec. 21.