GOP And Democrats Team Up To Stop Republican

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

( – On Wednesday the House rejected Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., resolution that would require the U.S. to withdraw 900 service members currently in Syria. On one side, some state that the service members are helping fight off terrorists who could end up being threatening to the U.S. homeland, while others have warned that they might have been involved in Syria’s civil war.

The resolution failed to pass in a 103-321 vote with both parties being split. Republicans opposed it in a 47-171 vote, while Democrats did so in a 56-150 vote.

Critics of the small force currently in Syria have stated that the force was located there without Congress’s authorization. However, officially they gained authorization under the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) which authorized action taken against those who had been responsible for the 9/11 attack.

However, Gaetz and a few other Congress members have stated that further authorization was required for troops to be sent abroad, especially since it had been 20 years since the previous authorization passed.

They further argued that the U.S. should not be engaged in the Syrian civil war, despite the warnings that Syria could be integral in determining the strength that terrorist groups, such as ISIS would have. Others have also claimed that having a U.S. military presence in Syria is also not a priority.

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