Scott Statement on Airstrikes in Syria

April 14, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Bobby Scott (VA-03) issued the following statement after President Trump, in conjunction with France and the United Kingdom, launched airstrikes against the Syrian regime, following a brutal chemical weapons attack on civilians in Douma:

“I am deeply disturbed by the Assad regime’s continued use of chemical weapons against innocent Syrian civilians.  This and the many other crimes against humanity committed by the Assad regime, which are in violation of international law, must be addressed by the entire international community.

“The President must now present a comprehensive plan to Congress detailing how his Administration intends to address the situation in Syria, ensure that the United Nations and our allies will participate in this effort, and clarify how these strikes fit into that strategy. This plan should keep our nation safe, engage our allies in this effort, and ideally keep our men and women in uniform from another protracted military intervention in the Middle East. However, the President must not commit our military to further engagement in Syria without first securing a new Authorization of Use of Military Force from Congress.”

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