DeGette Statement on Next Steps for U.S. Syria Policy
Denver – Congresswoman Diana DeGette (D-CO), Chief Deputy Whip, today released the following statement regarding next steps after last night’s missile strike on a Syrian airbase in response to that country’s use of chemical weapons on its own people this week:
“Chemical weapons use on anyone, but most especially civilians, is horrific and calls for a response. However, the context for last night’s action is a wider, brutal conflict. The Administration must demonstrate that it has a comprehensive Syria strategy that includes diplomacy and has clear goals.
“It’s the President’s duty to protect national security, but he must consult with Congress and seek an Authorization for Use of Military Force if he intends to take further military action involving Syria.
“The President’s plans should include relief for refugees – the internally displaced as well as the millions who have fled Syria, among them many who have applied for asylum in the United States.
“The massacre in Syria this week at its leader’s own hand has caused the President to reconsider his approach; further steps should be marked by level-headedness, compassion and respect for the balance of powers enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.”