Syrian Intervention Resolution Gets Backing of Delmarva Senators

Sep 5, 2013

Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md)
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Senator  Ben Cardin

Maryland Democrat Ben Cardin cast his vote for a resolution that would limit an air strike against Syria from 60 to 90 days.

It was approved by the Senator Foreign Relations Committee on a 10-to-7 vote yesterday.

In addition, the measure would narrow the conflict to Syria’s borders and prohibit U.S. troops on Syrian soil.

Cardin pointed out that unlike Iraq there was clear evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used chemical weapons to kill more than 1-thousand people.

Senator Chris Coons (D-De)
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Senator Chris Coons

There were amendments by Arizona Republican John McCain and Delaware Democrat Chris Coons made it clear that the end goal of the military strikes should be a negotiated settlement that ends the conflict and leads to a democratic government in Syria.

Meanwhile, Maryland’s Senior Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski says she is undecided while Eastern Shore congressman Andy Harris’s office says he is leaning against but is keeping his options open. 

His deputy chief of staff Chris Meekins told the Salisbury Daily Times that there have been 523 letters emails and calls from constituents against intervention with only four in favor of military action.