Rep. Kelly Response to White House Announcement on Syria

Aug 31, 2013 Issues: Foreign Affairs and Defense, Veterans

WASHINGTON — Representative Mike Kelly (R-PA) issued the following statement today in response to President Obama’s announcement that he will seek congressional authorization for military intervention against the Bashar al-Assad regime in Syria, debate over which has been scheduled to begin the week of September, 9, 2013.

“With today’s announcement, the United States Congress now has a very important debate to carry out and, ultimately, an extraordinary decision to make. The commitment of American forces to any situation in the world is the most serious matter that could possibly come before us. I enthusiastically await the chance to discuss this decision with my colleagues in the House, and believe that a truly rigorous debate will allow us to act in the best interests of the American people, our national security, and liberty and justice abroad. Between now and then, I expect President Obama to adequately answer all of the lingering questions that Americans still have, and fully explain the defined objective of an American military strike, the precise strategy for carrying it out, and how it involves our national security interest. Most importantly, I want to hear from my constituents in the Third District and encourage them to be as forthcoming as possible with their opinions and concerns in the days and weeks ahead.”