Stutzman votes against arming Syrian rebels

Third District Indiana Congressman Marlin Stutzman

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WANE)- Indiana Third District Congressman Marlin Stutzman voted “no” on a White House initiative Wednesday giving the U.S. military the authority to arm and train Syrian rebels for the fight against the radical Islamic group known as ISIS.

The matter did end up passing the House by a vote of 273-156, according to the Associated Press, with many Republicans crossing party lines to support President Obama’s plan.

Five of the seven members of Indiana’s Republican delegation supported the measure, the AP reported, with only central/ southern Indiana Congressman Todd Young joining Stutzman in casting a “no” vote.

“I fully support an increase in air strikes with our coalition allies to dismantle and ultimately destroy ISIS. However, I have deep reservations about providing funds or arms to Syrian rebels we know little about,” said Stutzman. “It is very important that American weaponry does not fall into the hands of extremist groups who could use them to do more harm than good and I’ve yet to see a plan to prevent that from happening.”

The Senate is expected to take up and pass the measure later this week.

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