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Shuster says he's voting no on Syria strike

September 04, 2013

HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. — U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., said Wednesday he currently is a “no” vote on authorization of military strikes in Syria.

“The president has not yet made the case to Congress, but more importantly to the people of the 9th Congressional District about the necessity of attacking Syria. I have yet to see a clear argument for punitive missile strikes against Syria, and at this point I am leaning against any military intervention,” Shuster said in an emailed statement.

Shuster, whose district includes Franklin and Fulton counties, said he does not feel the president has articulated a “clear objective” to be achieved by military intervention.

“There has not been a strategy proposed that can assure such actions would prevent further escalation of violence in Syria,” he said.

President Obama is seeking Congressional approval of military action following Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons.

“The president has an obligation to consult with and receive authorization from Congress before ordering the use of U.S. military force in Syria,” Shuster said. “As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I will continue to review the documentation provided by the administration on its plan to use military force.”

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— Jennifer Fitch

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