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In a bipartisan showing, the House of Representatives voted to condemn President Trump’s withdrawal of troops from Syria. The resolution states Congress’ opposition to the troop pullback and says Turkey should cease its military action in Syria. The resolution passed with a 354-60 vote.
Rep. Jim Banks and Rep. Trey Hollingsworth were on opposite sides of the vote. Each spoke to Tony Katz about their reasoning behind their respective votes.
Rep. Jim Banks voted in favor of the resolution.
“The situation as it stands has been disastrous. The president has contained it in the past couple days. My biggest concern is the release of ISIS captives and the resurgence of ISIS. This is a non-binding resolution. When I read it word-for-word there is nothing that condemns the president. All it does is call on the United States to maintain a presence necessary to defeat ISIS and support our Kurdish allies.”
Rep. Trey Hollingsworth did not vote in favor.
“Is there more than meets the eye here? We need to look at this in a broader scale. We have got to ensure that we focus our service members on those who pose the most danger to Americans and our American way of life. We have to do this by not putting Americans in harm’s way. We are tired of getting tax dollars tangled in endless wars in the Middle East. The President was faced with a very difficult decision. The bar should be very high before we decide to put American men and women in a position to possibly not come home.”