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Congresswoman McCollum's Statement on Syria

August 29, 2013
Press Release

For Immediate Release:  August 29, 2013                              
Contact:  Matthew Hilgart, (202) 579-4905;

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Betty McCollum issued the following statement in anticipation of the White House response to the use of chemical weapons against civilians by the Syrian regime.

“The use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime must be considered a crime against humanity. President Assad and his generals need to be brought to justice for this atrocity – preferably by the International Criminal Court.

The U.S. response to the deteriorating situation in Syria must be coordinated with allies and the Arab League. The Obama administration and the international community must increase pressure on Russia and China to join in the condemnation of the Assad regime, end all shipments of weapons to Syria, and enlist their cooperation to work as part of the international effort to end the killing.

Now is the time for measures that will bring strategic pressure to prevent an escalation of the conflict, rather than add to the wanton violence of a situation already out of control. Unilateral U.S. military action against the Syrian regime at this time would do nothing to advance American interests, but would certainly fuel extremist groups on both sides of the conflict that are determined to expand the bloodshed beyond Syria’s borders.”

Congresswoman Betty McCollum serves on the House Appropriations Committee
and is the Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus.