Portman calls for congressional vote on Syrian airstrikes

Senate Budget Committee member Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, speaks at the 2014 Fiscal Summit organized by the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in Washington, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. Lawmakers and policy experts discussed America's long term debt and economic future. (AP Photo)“I don’t consider it a new war. I consider it a continuation of something that began 13 years ago [with the Sept. 11 attacks],” Portman said of the president’s open-ended plan for war against the Islamic State. “The president may try to wish it away but this threat continues.” Portman also blamed the worsening situation in Iraq and Syria on the president’s decision to withdraw troops from Iraq. “The vacuum that was left by the way in which we chose to leave Iraq is much of the problem with the current situation,” Portman said. “The president also made it clear that we have not had the kind of leadership that is necessary to deal with this threat.”

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