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U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy Votes To Oppose Strike Against Syria

U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, explains his vote against the use of military force in Syria.
U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, a Democrat from Connecticut, explains his vote against the use of military force in Syria. Video Credit: senchrismurphy

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., voted against a resolution Wednesday supporting a limited strike against Syria.

The measure was approved in a 10-7 vote of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, with Murphy among the dissenters.

The resolution prohibits use of ground troops and limits the duration of air strikes against Syria to 60 days. The House and Senate are slated to vote next week. If it passes, it would give President Barack Obama the power to a launch a military attack to punish Syria for using chemical weapons.

Murphy, in his statement to the committee, acknowledges that what happens in Syria is important to U.S. national security interests and those of our allies. But he said questions remain.

"Are the methods that we that have before us to try to change the situation on the ground in Syria going to be effective? Are they in fact going to make things better for the Syrian people and for U.S. national security interests, or could they make things worse?" Murphy said. "And that is what leads to my no vote today. is that I cannot answer that question in the affirmative."

Watch the video above for Murphy's full statement.

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