DeGette Statement on Vote to Train and Equip for Syrian Opposition Groups

Sep 18, 2014
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (CO-01) issued a statement supporting the House vote on the McKeon Amendment, which authorizes the Obama Administration to train and equip vetted Syrian opposition elements and requires frequent reporting on these activities. Rep. DeGette voted for the amendment, which passed 273 to 156.

“President Obama asked Congress to authorize specific actions to support Syrian groups who are struggling against both ISIL and the Assad regime. It was appropriate for the President to ask for this authority, and I support his request because he has explained the scope of these activities and how they fit into our national security strategy in the region.

“Several weeks ago, I had the chance to meet a key Syrian opposition leader. Based on information I received in that meeting and on U.S. military intelligence, I am convinced this effort can support our objective of weakening ISIL through a multinational strategy. The stringent reporting requirements in the authorization will ensure robust Congressional oversight.”