Walz opposes U.S. military action in Syria


While on the fence last week, Democratic congressman Tim Walz said Monday that he does not support the White House's push to take military action in Syria, the Mankato Free Press reports.

"While I believe the use of chemical weapons is despicable and the world must take action to ensure that cruel dictators are not allowed to use such weapons without repercussions, at this time I cannot in good conscience support current proposals to take unilateral, military action," Walz said in a statement.

At a listening session held in St. Peter Friday, about 150 people showed up to voice their opposition to a military strike.

President Barack Obama is pushing for limited military action in the country after a chemical weapons attack killed 1,500 civilians and rebels last month. The administration believes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was behind the attack on his own people.

The Minnesota congressional delegation remains split on the issue.

MPR reports U.S. Sen Al Franken (D), Rep Betty McCollum (D), Rep. Keith Ellison (D) and Rep. John Kline are either for or "leaning for" military action.

Walz joins Rep. Michele Bachmann (R), Rep. Rick Nolan (D) and Rep. Collin Peterson (D), all of whom are against getting involved in the conflict. Rep. Erik Paulsen is also leaning in that direction.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is still undecided.

The president is scheduled to meet with Republican senators on Capitol Hill Tuesday to appeal for support on the use-of-force resolution against Syria, the Associated Press said.

Legislation that would give Obama a maximum of 90 days to carry out a military act passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week.

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