Washington—8/31/2013. Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere released the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement that he will seek Congressional approval for military before taking military action in Syria:
“I commend the President for following the Constitution and seeking Congressional approval before taking military action in Syria. Now it is up to the Administration to convince Congress and the American people that intervening in this two-year long Syrian civil war is in our nation’s best interests.
“If it is proven that the Assad regime used chemical weapons against its own people there must be consequences; the question for the Administration, Congress and the American people, is what should those consequences be. I will look forward to the President answering many questions regarding urgency of action, strategy and objectives as we take up this debate.”
Chairman Salmon joined over 100 of his Republican and Democrat House colleagues in formally requesting President Obama to consult and receive authorization from Congress before ordering use of military force in Syria. You can read a copy of the letter here.
Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.