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Brown Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria and Need for New AUMF

April 7, 2017
Press Release

Congressman Anthony Brown (MD-04) released the following statement after U.S. forces conducted an airstrike against Syria:

“Last night the precision strikes against the Syrian air base delivered a clear message that use of chemical weapons cannot and will not be tolerated by the United States. These strikes were a proportional response to Assad’s attack against innocent civilians and will degrade his ability to use chemical weapons in the future.

“President Trump must now provide the American people and Congress with a clear strategy to address the civil war, destruction and the loss of life in Syria. Congress and the American people are entitled to a debate on our military objectives and strategy, and our troops deserve a commitment of resources to achieve those objectives. The President must come before Congress for the authority to use military force against another sovereign nation. Any future Authorization for Use of Military Force should be combined with robust diplomatic and economic efforts to bring stability to this region.

“Moving forward, the United States must work with our international partners to end this conflict and humanitarian crisis. We must not forsake the suffering of the Syrian people and should open our doors to welcome those in need. It is clear that we must fully fund the State Department’s diplomatic and foreign assistance efforts. As a member of Congress, I will do everything I can to ensure our troops and diplomats have the resources they need to protect the United States and the vulnerable around the world.”