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Rep. Jones blasts Obama's claims on Syria's attacks, will vote 'no' on U.S. attack

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Congressman Walter Jones is criticizing the call for U.S. retaliation for chemical attacks in Syria Congressman Walter Jones is criticizing the call for U.S. retaliation for chemical attacks in Syria

WASHINGTON, DC (WECT) - Congressman Walter B. Jones (NC-03) released a statement Wednesday saying he will vote against the United States taking action against Syria's leadership.

"I will vote against any proposal to authorize U.S. military intervention in Syria," Rep. Jones said in an email statement from his office. "The reality of America's dismal fiscal situation is that any money spent to bomb Syria will be borrowed from overseas or will be taken from the Defense Department's already-shrinking budget – resulting in even fewer resources for Eastern North Carolina military installations.  Neither of these options is acceptable."

Jones, the Republican from Farmville, has criticized what he called "wasteful spending" in Afghanistan following the U.S. military activity in that country. He raised questions concerning the evidence of Syrian President Bashar Assad ordering chemical strikes against civilians.

"Furthermore, there are serious questions about the credibility of the Obama administration's claims regarding the use of sarin gas in Syria," Jones continued in his statement. "The president has failed to explain how our national security depends on engaging in yet another Middle Eastern civil war on the side of radical Islamist rebels who have been documented as possessing sarin gas and beheading Christians, among other atrocities."

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