Congressman Matt Salmon

Representing the 5th District of Arizona

Chairman Salmon on Syria: President Must Consult Congress and Articulate Objectives

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Aug 30, 2013
Press Release

Washington—Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere released the following statement regarding the recent discussion surrounding military actions against Syria.

Having just received a briefing today by White House staff with other members of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, I remain skeptical as to what the President hopes to accomplish by executing military force against Syria. Once again, I reiterate my call to President Obama to directly consult and receive authorization from Congress before any military action is taken. In addition, I repeat my call to President Obama to specifically detail his ultimate objectives and strategy for engaging further in the ongoing Syrian conflict.

“American citizens recognize that this is a deeply complex issue and the President owes it to them, and to Congress, to clearly identify his goals and what he constitutes as victory in Syria before the United States moves forward with military intervention.”

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.
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