- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree have voted against a proposal to give President Barack Obama the authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels.

The Republican-controlled House approved the measure by a bipartisan vote of 273-156 on Wednesday.

Pingree says instead of getting involved in a military operation that could easily lead to the use of U.S. combat troops, the country should work with other countries in the region and support economic and diplomatic efforts to cut off the flow of weapons and support a political solution.

Michaud says he is disturbed that the administration does not yet appear to have a clear strategy. He says he voted against the measure because the U.S. cannot afford to engage in another open-ended military conflict.

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