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Labrador Reacts to U.S. Military Strike Against Syria

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID) released the following statement today after President Trump ordered a U.S. military strike against a Syrian military airfield:

“Like all Americans, I was appalled by the use of chemical weapons in Syria and heartbroken that so many innocent people fell victim in such a heinous way.  The Syrian government’s abuse of human rights is unacceptable and deserves a strong, thoughtful response from the United States and all civilized nations.  However, our response must be in the best interests of the American people and approved by Congress through the deliberative process outlined in our Constitution. 

“President Trump needs to have an active dialogue with Congress about not only yesterday’s attack but also any further engagement in Syria.  I agree with many of the points President Trump has made about Syria, but his policy will be more effective when it has strong, informed, and bipartisan support in Congress.  The American people would benefit from a more active debate about the possible risks and benefits of U.S. intervention in Syria. 

“I encourage our Leadership to call us back to Congress so we can debate whether additional military action might be needed to advance the security of the American people.”