Freshman Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) announced Monday that she will vote against the resolution to authorize military action in Syria.
Gabbard, an Iraq war veteran, said she reached her decision after returning to Washington last week for a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing and several classified briefings with Obama administration officials.
“I am sickened and outraged by the carnage and loss of lives caused by the use of chemical weapons in Syria,” Gabbard said in a statement. “It is with gravity that I have carefully considered all the facts, arguments, and evidence and soberly weighed concerns regarding our national security and moral responsibility. As a result, I have come to the conclusion that a U.S. military strike against Syria would be a serious mistake. I will therefore vote against a resolution that authorizes the use of military force in Syria. I will also strongly urge my colleagues to do the same.”