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MoveOn Statement on Today’s House Vote to Arm and Train Syrian Rebels

Statement from Anna Galland, executive director of MoveOn.org Civic Action, in response to today’s vote in the House authorizing the United States to arm and train Syrian rebels:

“The message from this week’s House debate and Senate hearings about arming rebels in Syria could not be clearer: There are far too many pressing and unanswered questions to move forward with a plan that could lead to another open-ended war in the Middle East without a thorough debate that includes Congress and the American people.

“The American people have made clear that we must weigh a range of sound and effective options for dealing with ISIS, and that we must have a full, robust debate before even considering or authorizing another war in the Middle East.

“Today’s vote does not — by any means — take the place of an authorization for use of military force. It’s imperative that this full and informed Congressional deliberation happens before the rush to war.”