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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) issued the following statement after voting against a resolution authorizing the use of U.S. military force in Syria at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s markup. The Committee approved the resolution by a vote of 10-7 with one Senator voting present.
“Over the last two years, the Assad regime has committed terrible atrocities against thousands of innocent men, women and children in Syria. I join the rest of America in strongly condemning these awful acts of violence.
“This past week, I’ve participated in both open and closed hearings with the Administration about the President’s call for military strikes in Syria. Like most folks back home, I am concerned about the Administration’s willingness to commit to military action without providing an ultimate objective and an overall strategic plan in Syria.
“There is nothing of more consequence to me as a U.S. Senator than a vote on whether or not to involve American military forces, and so far I believe the Administration has failed to present a strategy that justifies this action.”