Woodall Statement Regarding Administration’s Response to Syria’s Use of Chemical Weapons

Sep 1, 2013 Issues: Foreign Affairs

Representative Rob Woodall released the following statement in response to the Administration’s comments regarding Syria and the use of chemical weapons.

“Our Founding Fathers provided the President with the power as Commander-in-Chief to use our Armed Forces in the event of attacks against the United States and its interests.  Sometimes when those attacks have occurred an immediate response by a President is required.  Such is not the case with Syria.  In Syria, the President created a “red line” and threatened action if it was crossed, and in doing so he backed America and himself into a corner.  Now that we are in that corner, but with no immediate new threat to the American homeland, the President must not act alone.  He should come to Congress immediately, not behind closed doors but in a special session for all Americans to see, and he must make his case for the involvement of American forces in Syria’s civil war.”

“I joined a group of my colleagues in the House this week in sending a letter to the President expressing our commitment to have Congress reconvene immediately, should he feel military action is necessary, so that the voice of the American people can be heard on this issue.  With the facts that I know now, I do not support an American attack on Syria, but if an attack is what the President wants, I welcome him to come to Capitol Hill and make his case to Congress and all of America.”

Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Gwinnett and Forsyth counties.