posted on September 11, 2013 12:56
After careful consideration and listening to the president’s address Tuesday night, Congressman Chris Collins has made up his mind.
"After carefully considering the matter and waiting for President Obama to make his best case to the American people," he said in a statement, "I have decided that I will vote no to authorize U.S. military action in Syria, if and when the vote comes to the House. While I understand that this situation is very fluid, and the administration has agreed to diplomatic efforts through the United Nations, I am unconvinced that a U.S. military strike in Syria would be in the best interest of America and its allies in the region."
"Proposing military action is one of the most serious decisions a President can make, and therefore requires a clear set of objectives and a clear exit strategy. This administration has satisfied neither, leaving us with serious questions about whether a U.S military strike in Syria will be indirectly assisting anti-American jihadist forces inside of the country and will not guarantee that Assad is unable to launch future chemical weapons attacks."
Speaking to reporters from the Capitol yesterday via phone conference, the 27th District Representative said he was keeping an open mind and was undecided on a U.S. military strike in Syria. Collins says his constituents are overwhelmingly opposed to any U.S. military involvement in Syria and the president did not do enough to convince him otherwise.
In his speech yesterday, President Obama says he believes America should act.