Guthrie joins majority of federal delegation in the 'no' column on Syria vote

09/09/2013 07:11 PM

U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, said what he heard — or didn’t hear — in a classified briefing Monday was enough to push him to vote later this week against authorizing military action in Syria.

Guthrie announced his decision Monday after attending the briefing for members of Congress that was conducted by Obama administration officials. He said the information the officials provided didn’t convince him that military action was needed or appropriate.

“There is no doubt that the Middle East is ripe with conflict and that the chemical weapons attack against the Syrian people on August 21 was horrific. But I do not believe that a bombing campaign against the Assad regime would be appropriate, and may even further enflame regional tensions,” Guthrie said in the statement. “As the last remaining superpower, the United States should act as a role model for these troubled nations and look for further diplomatic solutions.”

Guthrie said the opinion of his constituents is another key reason he decided to vote against the resolution.

As Pure Politics first reported last week , the majority of Kentucky’s federal delegation is against military action in Syria.

Here is an updated rundown of how Kentucky’s delegation plans to vote.

Against military action: Republican U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, Republican U.S. Reps. Brett Guthrie, Thomas Massie, Andy Barr, Ed Whitfield.

Leaning no: Republican U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers and Democratic U.S. Rep. John Yarmuth

Undecided: Republican U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell

McConnell has pledged to announce his position early this week.

Yarmuth said in an interview with Pure Politics he believes McConnell has remained quiet on the issue because of his leadership role as he figures out what his caucus will do.

McConnell’s office announced Monday via Twitter that President Obama will attend the Senate GOP lunch Tuesday to speak with the caucus about Syria.


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