House votes to arm Syrian rebels
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Written as an amendment canada goose black friday sale to a stopgap spending bill, the measure canada goose does uk canada goose outlet not include any money to pay for the arms and training. It passed with support from Democrats and Republicans, but Canada Goose online also significant opposition from members of both parties.
Voting for the amendment were 159 Republicans buy canada goose jacket and 114 Democrats, while 71 Republicans and 85 Democrats voted against.
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Facing resistance from war weary lawmakers in Obama own Democratic party, the administration reached across the aisle uk canada goose to Republicans for support, a rare bipartisan moment in an otherwise polarized Congress. House backs plan to Canada Goose Online arm and train moderate Syrian rebels
A canada goose clearance Reuters/Ipsos poll showed that while Americans support Obama campaign of air strikes against Islamic State militants, they largely oppose a long military campaign against the group. 11, the day the spending bill expires. canada goose factory sale The bill allows the Pentagon to later submit requests to shift funds within the budget if it decides it needs funds to pay for the program.
QUESTIONS are too many unanswered questions for me to support this amendment, said Representative Barbara Lee, a California Democrat. will we ensure that the United States weapons we are providing to Syrian rebels will not get into the wrong hands, as they did with the rebels we supported in Canada Goose Outlet Libya?
Speaker of the Canada Goose Jackets House John Boehner (R OH) speaks to the media on Capitol Hill in Washington July 10, 2014. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
The amendment Canada Goose sale does not include $500 million the White House says it needs to arm and train the rebels, who have been waging a three year battle against Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
Oubai Shahbandar, canada goose uk black friday a senior adviser to the Syrian National Coalition, a Western backed political opposition body, called the House vote important step forward in establishing a partnership between Washington and the Syrian opposition.
worked hard to make the case that the Free Syrian Army is the sole solution to degrading and defeating ISIS. We have a long road ahead, but the overwhelming support in Congress for our cause canada goose coats is canada goose uk outlet encouraging, he told Reuters in Istanbul. troops from dragged into another ground war.
Defense officials have said they expect to recruit and train about 5,000 of the moderate rebel fighters.
Republican Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a member of cheap Canada Goose the House Defense appropriations subcommittee, said the program could start with small arms and then canada linked website https://www.salecanadagooseoutlets.com Canada Goose UK goose coats on sale possibly graduate to heavier Canada Goose Parka weapons, such canada goose clearance sale as personnel carriers, artillery, real air defense capability but declined to say whether such plans had been discussed in classified briefings.
Additional reporting by David Lawder and Krista Hughes in Washington and Dasha Afanasieva in Istanbul; Editing by Jason Szep and Howard Goller.