Washington (CNN) – The man who replaced John Kerry, who left the Senate to become secretary of state, will not support the military strike against Syria that his predecessor has been advocating.
Massachusetts Democrat Edward Markey voted "present" last week when the Senate Foreign Relations committee passed a resolution authorizing the president to take military action in Syria.
The new senator, who was endorsed by Kerry in the special election to fill the vacant Massachusetts seat, released a statement Tuesday calling the existing Senate resolution too broad and unpredictable with potential unintended consequences.
Instead, Markey urged the Obama administration to pursue the handover of Syria's chemical weapons proposed Monday by the Russian government.
"I believe we must give diplomatic measures that could avoid military action a chance to work," Markey said in the statement.
A group of senators is currently trying to rewrite a resolution that addresses the new diplomatic efforts underway by the international community.
"Any resolution considered by Congress should include language that that anticipates that force would not be used if Syria agrees and abides by Secretary Kerry's suggestion that Assad puts all of Syria's chemical weapons under international control," Markey said.