Shaheen votes for Senate resolution backing military action in Syria
U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, voted yesterday in committee to support President Obama by authorizing limited military action against Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime.
“Failing to take action against the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons poses a significant and direct threat to American national security interests,” Shaheen said in a statement. “I am mindful that there are many people in New Hampshire and throughout the country who are war weary and concerned about the consequences of the use of military force. I share their concerns, but based on my strong belief that we must deter the spread and use of weapons of mass destruction, I am convinced we must take this limited military action against the Assad regime’s military capabilities.”
Shaheen said she supported a resolution that restricted the timetable for and scope of an attack, and did not authorize the use of American group troops.