Rep. Collins Says He Can’t Support Military Action in Syria At This Time

September 6, 2013

9th District U.S. Representative Doug Collins said he does not feel that officials from the Obama administration made the case for military action in Syria during a hearing this week.

Collins is the Vice Chairman of the Middle East and North Africa Subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

He participated in this week’s hearing on military authorization for Syria.

The hearing, with testimony from Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, concluded after 4 hours of deliberation.

Collins issued a statement following the hearing.

In it, he said that while he appreciates this opportunity and the time Secretary Kerry, Secretary Hagel, and General Dempsey gave the committee, he does not feel that they made the case for military action in Syria.

Collins said he feels the hearing resulted in more questions than answers.

The Hall County Republican said he looks forward to continuing this debate in the House, but added that he cannot support the president’s request for authorization based on what he heard during the hearing.

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