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How South Florida lawmakers voted: Syrian amendment

On Wednesday, lawmakers in the House of Representatives voted 273-156 to adopt the Syrian rebel amendment.

The breakdown: 159 Republicans and 114 Democrats voted for the proposal, while 85 Republicans and 71 Democrats voted against it.

Final approval in the Senate was expected Thursday.

The legislation grants President Barack Obama the authority for the U.S. military to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels. Obama said in a statement that the House vote shows there’s bipartisan support for a critical component of his strategy to confront Islamic State extremists, who have seized territory in Iraq and Syria.

Below, how South Florida lawmakers voted on the bill:

YEAS

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Weston

U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson, D-Miami

U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Miami

Said Ros_Lehtinen in a statement: “We cannot have a plan that does not address the removal of Assad simultaneously alongside the destruction of ISIL and the other terrorist threats. Even though I will vote for the McKeon amendment, we still won’t be approaching this situation in a comprehensive manner that is required”

U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Miami

U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Miami (district includes Monroe County)

NAYS

U.S. Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, D-Miramar

U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel, D-Boca Raton (district includes Broward County)

Said Frankel in a statement: “While I support this plan in concept, today’s vote on training and equipping the moderate Syrian opposition has been rushed by Congress and requires further deliberation and debate as to the long term consequences and full scope of U.S. involvement. For this reason I voted no.”

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