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      Rep. Benishek opposes strike on Syria

      Representative Dan Benishek announced on Monday that he plans to vote "no" on the proposed plan to conduct American military strikes in Syria.

      The congressman released a statement on Monday outlining his concerns over President Obama's plan.

      "I believe a majority of Northern Michigan's citizens have grown tired of war in the Middle East and are very wary of getting involved in another nation's civil war," said Rep. Benishek. "That's why I'm planning to vote against taking military action in Syria. The killing of innocent people in Syria has been horrible, but I don't think getting our nation in the middle of their conflict is in America's best interest."

      Michigan Senators Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow have expressed some support for military action in Syria, but have not stated whether or not they will vote in favor of military action, or against it.

      Congress returns to session on Monday after a five-week long recess, and a vote on military force in Syria is expected to take place early this week.