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September 18th, 2014
05:38 PM ET

Rep. Sanchez: 'This is a rush' to war

(CNN) – Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-California, voted Wednesday against a House bill to arm moderate Syrian rebels to aid in the fight against ISIS.

Sanchez expressed frustration at the process, noting that the vote was yesterday, while a House Armed Services hearing on ISIS was held today, telling U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel she found the order of events "pretty disturbing."

"ISIS does present a problem," Sanchez said in an interview with CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper." "I just don't believe that the plan that they've put together to arm these moderates – as they call them – Syrians will work."

The congresswoman criticized her colleagues for not staying to debate the issue, but going home to campaign instead. Asked if there was a rush to war, Sanchez said: "Yes, I do believe that this is a rush."

"We are getting ourselves into another war," she said.

The California Democrat said the U.S. needs "buy-in" from regional players like Qatar and Saudi Arabia in the fight against ISIS. "Otherwise we're going to have the same problem we're having in Iraq, we're going to have the same problem that we're having in Afghanistan," she said.

"If these countries cannot sit down and get their act together with respect to this, we have no business being there," Sanchez said.

For more of our interview with Rep. Loretta Sanchez, check out the video above.

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