Linda Sánchez’ Statement on the Passage of Continuing Resolution
Washington, DC- Rep. Linda Sánchez (CA-38) issued the following statement today after the U.S. House of Representatives passed a continuing resolution that funds the government through December 11, 2014 and grants the President authority to take action against ISIL in Iraq and Syria:
“With the passage of today’s continuing resolution, Congress has avoided another disastrous government shutdown,” said Rep. Sanchez. “However, I am disappointed that we continue to pass short term measures as a means to fund government operations. I will continue to advocate for passage of an appropriations bill that funds our government for a full fiscal year and provides our economy with the financial certainty it needs to continue to grow.
I also voted in favor of an amendment that grants the President authority to train moderate rebels in Syria to aid our efforts in combating ISIL. If left unchecked, ISIL could evolve to present a serious threat to our national security. Although I still have strong reservations about intervening in the Syria, I was reassured by the President’s statements indicating he will not commit U.S. troops to military action on the ground.
After more than a decade of war in the Middle East, I do not support sending our brave young men and women back into a war zone. We cannot repeat the mistakes of the past and enter into a conflict without a clear, long-term strategy that addresses the fundamental military, social, economic and political problems that we seek to relieve. Our troops are a precious resource and we should not send them into harm’s way without a clear and responsible action plan.
Should developments change in the following months, I expect the President to seek Congressional approval before committing us to further military involvement in the region.”