Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC-10) voiced his opposition to military strikes against Syria in a press release on Tuesday.
“After reviewing the evidence and plan presented by the Administration, I do not believe there is a compelling national interest or clear mission for our engagement in the Syrian Civil War,” McHenry said in the statement. “Coupled with the overwhelming and near-unanimous feedback from my constituents opposing military involvement, I cannot support US military action in Syria.”
With the statement, McHenry joins 252 members of the House of Representatives who are either against military strikes against Syria outright, or are leaning toward voting against strikes, according to the Washington Post.
Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan have both voiced support for Obama’s plan to strike Syria in retaliation for chemical weapon attacks the administration says the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad carried out on Aug. 21 in a suburb of the Syrian capital of Damascus. Secretary of State John Kerry has said that over 1,400 people were killed in the gas attack, including over 400 children.