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Congressman Walz says he’ll vote no on Syria intervention

Walz said the use of chemicals weapons is despicable, but he heard a clear message from constituents that they oppose intervention.

Rep. Tim Walz

U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, who represents much of southern Minnesota, said Monday that he won’t support President Obama’s plan for limited intervention in Syria over the use of chemical weapons.

The president has asked Congress to green-light a military strike, but Walz said he heard clearly from constituents that they oppose the plan.

In a statement, Walz said:

“While I believe the use of chemical weapons is despicable and the world must take action to ensure that cruel dictators are not allowed to use such weapons without repercussions, at this time I cannot in good conscience support current proposals to take unilateral, military action.”

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The statement from his office said Walz is skeptical that “even limited military action would stay limited due to unforeseen consequences and his concern that it could result in American boots on the ground with no defined strategy to bring them home.”

But Walz commended the president for seeking congressional approval rather than acting alone, saying:

“After 12 years of war, the American public has every right to weigh in and expect that their views be represented in Congress.”