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Marco Rubio joins a Democrat in condemning violence in Syria

He talked bipartisanship in his big foreign policy speech this week; now, Sen. Marco Rubio is living it.

Rubio, R-Fla., joined Democratic Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania in a resolution that calls for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to "end his campaign of violence and to step down from power so that the Syrian people can begin the transition to an inclusive democratic government." 

The two called for the U.S. to do more to provide humanitarian assistance to those suffering under the regime’s brutality, and to assist opposition organizations that seek a peaceful, democratic future for Syria.

"Assad has committed atrocities against the Syrian people, and it's essential that the United States keep applying pressure on the regime and plan for a post-Assad Syria," he said. "Assad's departure from power needs to be accelerated, while we lay the foundation for Syria to begin its difficult path towards a true inclusive democracy," Rubio said in a statement.

The two senators issued a statement that says their resolution asks the Obama administration to continue to provide support, including communications equipment, to the political opposition in Syria. It also asks for the administration to provide robust humanitarian assistance to those affected by the ongoing violence. Finally, it calls for a plan to identify and secure the Assad regime’s stockpiles of conventional, biological, and chemical weapons.

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