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4:53 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Udall Votes No On Use Of Force In Syria

Credit Senator Tom Udall

New Mexico's senior US Senator Tom Udall (D) voted not to authorize use of force in Syria Wednesday. The Albuquerque Journal reports the Democrat was one of 7 members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to reject President Obama's request.

Ten members of the committee approved the use of force in Syria, adding language clarifying the impact U.S. military intervention would be intended to achieve, mainly a negotiated settlement between Syrian rebels and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Senator Martin Heinrich (D) released a statement describing the president's original draft as "overly broad and open-ended." Heinrich is calling for a limit in scope and duration for any U.S. military action in Syria.

A resolution to authorize the use of force in Syria must still be approved by the full House and Senate. 

Note: This report originally referred to Senator Martin Heinrich as Congressman Heinrich. We regret the error.