O'Rourke said he will vote no if any of these questions remain unanswered.
"If I cannot answer the questions posed above to my satisfaction, if I am not convinced that we will clearly do more good than harm, I will vote against this war and work to ensure that this country pursues an international response to the atrocities that have been committed in Syria," O'Rourke said.
While O'Rourke leans toward voting no, U.S. Senator Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, voted Wednesday against military action in Syria in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. The full U.S. Senate will vote by next week, Udall said in a statement.
"We should not take it lightly that the American people are not with us. New Mexicans are tired of war," Udall said. "They know what the administration is proposing won't provide us assurance that Assad will not attack again -- that it won't ensure that his regime will not retaliate in some way."
Any chance that the military action could lead to the U.S. being dragged into a war is too great to take without first trying every diplomatic option available, Udall said.
"The truth is that we cannot guarantee that even a 'surgical' strike will prevent the United States from being embroiled in war," Udall said. "We should not enter into a conflict until we've exhausted every diplomatic and international option. We have not done that. The risks of the actions we are contemplating now are too great."
U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine, said he will take into consideration all the information he can before saying how he will vote.
"I take a decision on the use of military force very seriously. We must always understand the impact of our decisions on our Armed Forces and the family members who support them," Gallego said in an email. "Over the coming days, I'm going to continue to receive briefings and take in information on the types of military action being considered. Ultimately, I'll make a decision based on the final language of any authorization to use military force and its relationship to any threat to American security or the security of America's interests. I know how critical it is to get this right and want to hear from everyone about their opinions on Syria."
In a statement, U.S. Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, did not say how he would vote, but urged the president to address the nation.
"I appreciate President Obama holding a meeting (Sept. 3) at the White House. Unfortunately, many questions are still left unanswered. I would urge the President to make the case not only to Congress, but to the American people, in a national address," Cornyn said in a statement Tuesday. "The President needs to explain in detail what vital national interests are at stake, his plan for securing these interests and a clear definition of what success looks like in Syria."
New Mexico Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich said in a statement that he was against a draft resolution seeking military action by the U.S.
"I believe the draft resolution that the administration submitted to Congress over the weekend was overly broad and open-ended," he said. "Therefore, I welcome the new draft resolution written by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee leadership to ensure any military action is both limited in scope and duration, and prevents the use of any U.S. ground forces inside Syria."
New Mexico Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican, has said that he is against Obama acting unilaterally without Congressional approval.
"The President set a dangerous and unconstitutional precedent when he committed to military action in Libya without Congressional approval," Pearce said in a statement. "America cannot fight every battle -- intervention in Syria would be a wrong and costly course."
Aaron Martinez may be reached at 546-6249.
Diana Washington Valdez contributed to this story.
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