Labrador joins Risch, would vote no on use of force in Syria

dpopkey@idahostatesman.comSeptember 10, 2013 

Rep. Raul Labrador has become the second member of the four-man all-GOP Idaho congressional delegation to say he will oppose the use of force in Syria.

“I gave the Administration a chance to make their case, but they couldn’t make it,” said Labrador in a news release Tuesday morning. “Nothing they said changed the fact that we are not the police force of the world, we don’t have any compelling national interest in Syria, and it’s doubtful that an alternative government in Syria will be any better than the current one. While no one doubts that Bashar al-Assad is a brutal dictator, it’s very likely that removing him power will embolden al-Qaeda and other terrorists.”

Last week, Sen. Jim Risch cast a vote against intervention in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and said an attack would do more harm than good.

A vote on a use of force resolution in the Senate has been set aside while President Obama considers a deal offered by Russian President Vladimir Putin that could lead to an international solution that would take chemical weapons out of Syrian control. Obama is scheduled to speak on national television today about Syria, at 7 p.m. Mountain Time. Should the Senate approve use of force, the House is expected to take up the resolution.

Sen. Mike Crapo and Rep. Mike Simpson haven’t yet said how they would vote, but both have expressed their skepticism.

Read Labrador's full statement here, and see how other members of Congress may vote.

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