While in Topeka Friday morning, republican Kansas Senator Jerry Moran says he will be voting “no” when it comes to using force in the war-torn country.
Senator Moran was in Topeka visiting the Washburn Institute of Technology.
While he was there to talk about education….focus shifted to an upcoming congressional vote in the nation’s capitol about what should be done in Syria.
Moran says he will not be voting for a resolution authorizing the use of force in the country.
The republican senator says the US is already stretched so thin – and we need to make decisions in our best interest.
He says a symbolic firing of a missile will not change the situation overseas.
Moran says he questions the priority of this vote.
“I was disappointed, while I was pleased the president has asked Congress for its approval for consent, I really thought the President should call Congress back to work. If this is important enough that we are going to risk the lives, the potential lives of American military men and women…Congress ought to be at work,” Moran said. “I think our country is stretched so thin…our troops, military families are so worn from all the efforts that have gone into Iraq and Afghanistan, Libya and other places…around the globe that this is not the time for us to engage in another military battle.”
Moran also says the absence of international support makes it difficult to consider voting “yes.”
The senator says he will be heading back to Washington, DC on Sunday to start debates and discussions on the issue next week.
A senate decision could come Wednesday but leaders admit the president does not yet have the votes to win.