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Congressman Marc Veasey

Representing the 33rd District of Texas

Veasey Statement on U.S. Airstrikes against Assad Syrian Military Facility

Apr 7, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Marc Veasey, TX-33, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, released the following statement after President Trump ordered an airstrike of 59 Tomahawk missiles against an Assad regime operated military facility that previously launched a deadly chemical attack against Syrian civilians:

“The world was shaken by the images that resulted from Bashar al-Assad’s latest chemical attack against his own people. Despite my support for the goals of last night’s airstrike, the crisis in Syria will not be resolved by one night of airstrikes. It is imperative that President Trump consults with Congress about the long-term strategy in Syria, the repercussions of last night’s actions, and any future planned military operations. With last night’s actions, it is urgent that Congress debate the need to update the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) to reflect the global threats abroad. When Congress enacted AUMF in 2001, the world was not operating under the threat of ISIS, Russia’s aggression in Europe, provocations by North Korea, and violations of missile treaties. That is why Congress must now debate how these new realities will shape any updated authorizations for future military actions.”