Shea-Porter Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria
WASHINGTON, DC -- Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01) released the following statement after participating in a classified Congressional briefing on yesterday’s U.S. airstrikes against the Assad regime in Syria:
“Today I attended a classified briefing conducted by General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. We discussed the cruise missile strike against the airfield that Syrian President Assad used to launch a chemical weapon attack against his own people.
“The horrific suffering of the Syrian people is an urgent international crisis, and has been for years. The many war crimes the Assad regime has committed, including the use of chemical weapons and the indiscriminate slaughter of civilians, have no place in a civilized world.
“While our military strike was measured and carried out to send a warning, the situation on the ground is very complex and requires an accompanying diplomatic and humanitarian strategy. That is why President Trump must reverse his plan to cut the State Department and humanitarian aid budgets, and work with the international community to help the Syrian people.
“He must also come to Congress to obtain an Authorization for the Use of Military Force. As he himself tweeted in 2013, ‘The President must get Congressional approval before attacking Syria.’ As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, I take Congress’s Constitutional responsibility to authorize the use of military force very seriously. I call on the Trump administration to immediately present Congress with a request for such an authorization along with a detailed strategy for success, just as I called on the Obama administration to do in 2013. The need for an AUMF is especially urgent in light of today’s comments from U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley that President Trump is ‘prepared to do more’ in terms of military engagement in Syria.”
Shea-Porter is serving her fourth term on the House Armed Services Committee.