Benishek to vote against Syria strikes

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, announced he intends to vote against President Obama’s plan to conduct American military strikes in Syria.

“I believe a majority of northern Michigan’s citizens have grown tired of war in the Middle East and are very wary of getting involved in another nation’s civil war,” Benishek said in a written statement today. “That’s why I’m planning to vote against taking military action in Syria. The killing of innocent people in Syria has been horrible, but I don’t think getting our nation in the middle of their conflict is in America’s best interest.”

Benishek, from Iron River, serves on the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

The Obama Administration is currently seeking Congressional approval to carry out American military airstrikes against Syria. Benishek said he has decided to vote against the president’s resolution after carefully reading the resolution and listening to the concerns of many citizens in northern Michigan.

A vote on the resolution in the House of Representatives is expected soon.