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In the wake of President Obama’s address Tuesday outlining his views on a potential military strike in Syria, Indiana’s U.S. Senators are split on whether to authorize such action.
A Senate vote on authorization for military action in Syria has been postponed while the Obama administration explores diplomatic solutions. That includes a proposal from Russia to secure and destroy Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons, in conjunction with the United Nations.
Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, is skeptical of Russia’s proposal in light of the country’s close ties to the Syrian government. And he raises concerns about the challenges of destroying the weapons in the middle of the country’s civil war.
In a statement, Coats says he will not support a military strike against Syria.
He says the administration hasn’t made it clear whether action in the embattled country is in the direct national security interests of the United States.
While Senator Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, says he supports the President’s decision to seek congressional authorization, he won’t say whether he will vote in favor of military action.