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Courtney Statement on Syria

August 30, 2013
Press Release

Washington—Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-2) released the following statement on Syria:

“Last night, the administration took a good first step in crafting the U.S. reaction to the events in Syria by briefing Congressional leaders. While a course of action is still being formulated, I am pleased to hear that the administration is not considering any ground invasion or open-ended military commitment. After ten years and two wars in the Middle East, any indefinite commitment of our military forces is an unacceptable option.

“The president needs to continue to consult with the legislative branch, and communicate directly with the American people about the facts of the situation in Syria and the options for response. As we consider a course of action, Speaker Boehner should cancel the remaining ten days of recess that he scheduled back in January and bring Congress back to Washington to address this and other serious problems facing our country. Syria, sequestration, and a looming government shutdown all require our immediate and unwavering attention.”