09/05/2013 09:22 am ET Updated Sep 05, 2013

Scott Brown: Ed Markey 'Should Vote' On Syria, 'Unreal' He Voted 'Present'

Former Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) slammed Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) for not taking a side in a Wednesday vote on a resolution to bomb Syria.

In a Wednesday Facebook post, Brown called Markey's vote "unreal," and said the people of Massachusetts "sent him down there [to Washington] to at least vote":

Markey was the only member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to vote "present" on the resolution to take military action in Syria in retaliation for President Bashar Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons.

HuffPost's Michael McAuliff and Sabrina Siddiqui reported on the vote:

In a delayed markup of a resolution to authorize the use of military force, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10 to 7, with one present, to let President Barack Obama mount a bombing campaign aimed at the Syrian regime's weapons of mass destruction for up to 90 days, albeit within a more limited scope than Obama had requested. Specifically, the committee included language that would prohibit the use of U.S. troops on the ground "for the purpose of combat operations."

Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Sens. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chris Coons (D-Del.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Tim Kaine (D-Va.) voted for the resolution.

Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), James Risch (R-Idaho), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Tom Udall (D-N.M.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) voted against the authorization, while Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) voted present.



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