By Jeremy Herb - 09/04/13 08:52 PM EDT
Markey said that he voted present because the current resolution could be interpreted to expand military action beyond reducing Syrian President Bashar Assad’s ability to use chemical weapons or deterring that use.
The freshman senator is in an awkward position on the Syrian resolution because his predecessor, now-Secretary of State John Kerry, is making the administration’s public case to take military action.
Markey indicated that he wouldn’t stay on the fence when the Syria resolution goes to the full Senate next week.
"I will be casting a yea or a nay on the Senate floor next week,” he told the Boston Globe after Wednesday’s vote.