Transcript: Sen. Jeanne Shaheen’s explanation on vote for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s resolution to authorize military force against the Syrian government on Sept. 4, 2013

Partial transcript of remarks by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) on the joint resolution to authorize military force against the Syrian government in response to the use of chemical weapons. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee vote was held on Sept. 4, 2013. 

…I just wanted to be clear this afternoon that the decision to take military action is not one that I take lightly.

But failing to take action, I believe, against Assad’s regime and their use of chemical weapons poses a real threat to our national security interests.

Now, I understand that there are a lot of people in New Hampshire, my home state, and throughout this country who are war weary, who are concerned about the consequences of the use of military force. I share those concerns but I do believe that we have to act to deter the spread and use of weapons of mass destruction.

I believe that this limited military action that we have authorized in this resolution will deter the Assad regime’s use of those chemical weapons in the future.

This resolution that was passed by this committee is limited in time and scope. It does not authorize American troops on the ground.

I believe this type of targeted, appropriate response will best protect our national security interest.

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