One Step Closer: Senate Committee Votes Yes

Earlier today, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 in favor of a military attack on the Assad regime in Syria. This is at least at present antithetical to the wishes of the general American public as well as a mixture of disgruntled and unsure Democrat and Republican members of Congress. They voted in favor of a resolution that includes a bombing campaign that will be aimed at the Assad regime’s weapons of mass destruction. This resolution also prohibits the use of U.S. soldiers on the ground in Syria. So, voting yes is not necessarily a yes vote for war, though many fear that any such attack that would be sufficient to send a message would place us (at least theoretically) in a de facto state of war with Assad’s Syrian regime. The purpose of this resolution will be to deter any further usage of weapons of mass destruction by Assad and also to send a message to any other group who would use such weapons. This message is intended to be that the United States of America will not tolerate the use of such weapons. The fear that the use of these weapons will only increase if we do not act is in fact one such claim Obama and his national security team are proposing for this resolution’s interest in our national security. If passed, Obama would have 60 days to act, with the option to extend the action by 30 days. However, Congress has the reservation to block this extension.

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) who is a major opponent of intervention in Syria believes that this resolution, which now includes an amendment proposed by Paul, will pass in the Senate, but he foresees it falling not passing in the House. Paul said, “The only chance of stopping what I consider to be bad policy will be in the House.”

These next few days and weeks will be both interesting and historically monumental for both America’s national security and future foreign policies. May God bless our governing bodies with grace as many of them face their most important decisions as members of Congress.

Yes Votes:
Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)
Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.)
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.)
Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.)
Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.),
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.)
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)

No Votes
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.)
Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho)
Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)
Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.)
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.)
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.)


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