Bachmann joins liberal Dems on bill denying arms to Syria

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Joining her on the bill are fellow Tea Party Republicans Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, liberal Democrats Rick Nolan of Minnesota and Peter WelchPeter WelchGot soy milk? Don't let Congress, dairy industry bogart 'milk' label Dems on Flynn: 'This is just the beginning' Overnight Defense: Pentagon chief working to exempt Iraqis from Trump order MORE of Vermont, and Reps. Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) and Walter Jones (R-N.C.). The bill was introduced by Rep. Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), one of the least conservative Republicans in Congress.

“This bipartisan legislation will ensure we can maintain our diplomatic and humanitarian efforts to support the Syrian people without getting drawn into another engagement,” Gibson said. “Moving forward, it is vital that Congress be a part of this debate and provide authorization prior to any hostile action or escalation of our involvement.”

Sens. Rand PaulRand PaulTrump’s feud with the press in the spotlight Rand Paul: We’re very lucky John McCain’s not in charge Rand Paul: John Bolton would be a 'bad choice' for national security adviser MORE (R-Ky.) and Mike LeeMike LeeTop antitrust senators call for Sessions to scrutinize AT&T-Time Warner merger Public lands dispute costs Utah a major trade show GOP senators unveil bill to give Congress control of consumer bureau budget MORE (R-Utah) partnered with Chris MurphyChris MurphySenators eye new sanctions against Iran For Trump and Russia, the fall of Michael Flynn is only the beginning Overnight Finance: Trump's Labor pick withdraws | Ryan tries to save tax plan | Trump pushes tax reform with retailers MORE (D-Conn.) and Tom UdallTom UdallSenate Dems ask DHS inspector general for probe of Trump’s business arrangement Dem senators call for independent Flynn probe Warren, Dems accuse Trump of ethics violations MORE (D-N.M.) on lnearly identical legislation, barring the Obama administration from “supporting, directly or indirectly, military or paramilitary operations in Syria,” last week. The bill has an exemption for “non-lethal humanitarian assistance.”

Neither bill is likely to get much traction, despite polls showing 70 percent of Americans are wary of arming the rebels. Murphy, Udall and Paul were the only “no” votes when legislation to arm the rebels cleared the Senate Foreign Relations panel by a 15-3 vote last month.

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