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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Quigley Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

Apr 7, 2017
Press Release

CHICAGO – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (D-IL), released the following statement on U.S. airstrikes targeting a Syrian government airfield:

“The deadly chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Assad regime in northern Syria this week was inhumane, barbaric, and deserves the full condemnation of the international community. The U.S. military strikes ordered in response last night were proportional and appropriate, and may prevent Assad from carrying out future chemical attacks against the Syrian people. Nevertheless, I am concerned by the Trump Administration’s lack of consultation with Congress before carrying out the attacks. Congress has a fundamental duty to provide consent for comprehensive military strategy and to shape the parameters in which we engage with our adversaries. Congress can no longer abdicate it’s responsibility and must immediately consider a new Authorization for Use of Military Force before taking any further actions against the Assad regime in Syria. Additionally, Congress must take steps to provide increased humanitarian assistance to Syrians suffering from years of brutal civil war, including those displaced in country as well as refugees seeking security for their families. This includes reexamining our refugee policy so that the United States can provide a safe haven for the many Syrians who have been displaced by war. It’s crucial to remember the actions taken last night will not provide a lasting political solution to the crisis in Syria. We must continue, however difficult, to seek a diplomatic and permanent end to the Syrian civil war and partner with our allies to reduce regional chaos.”