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Congresswoman Betty McCollum

Representing the 4th District of Minnesota

Syria: McCollum Supports Obama’s Efforts; New Diplomatic Option Must Be Pursued

September 10, 2013
Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN) issued the following statement following President Barack Obama’s address the Nation on the subject of the Syrian regimes use of chemical weapons against civilian population and the need for a U.S. response:

“Only because of the credible threat of U.S. military action by Mr. Obama are Syria and Russia now willing to pursue a diplomatic solution to this crisis.  I fully support the Administration’s effort to engage Russia and work towards disarming the Assad regime peacefully, with international verification.”

“The stakes in this crisis are critical to our national security interests. If the murder of civilians with chemical weapons is allowed to become the new international norm the America people will never be safe from their use by rogue regimes or terrorists.”

“President Obama has my full support and trust as he continues to rally the international community, Congress, and the American people to hold the Syrian regime accountable for using sarin gas to kill innocent civilians, including children.”

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Congresswoman Betty McCollum is a member of the House Appropriations Committee and

serves as the Democratic Co-Chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus