Linda Sánchez Urges Congressional Consultation Following U.S. Military Strikes in Syria

April 7, 2017
Press Release
Lawmaker says America should, “not get sucked in to another quagmire in the Middle East.”

Washington, DC- Rep. Linda Sánchez (D-CA), Vice Chair of the House Democratic Caucus, today released the following statement after President Donald Trump ordered airstrikes in Syria:

“The entire world must condemn the Assad regime’s criminal use of chemical weapons against innocent men, women, and children. The targeted bombing of a Syrian airfield, on its own, will not end the slaughter of civilians in Syria. With the world watching, I strongly believe that the United States and our allies must work together to finally bring an end to Syria’s long and bloody civil war.

“If President Trump intends to engage in further military action in Syria, he must lay out to the nation a clear strategy that utilizes the partnership of our allies and ensures that we do not get sucked in to another quagmire in the Middle East. I urge Speaker Paul Ryan to demand that the president not escalate military actions against the Assad regime without an Authorization of Use of Military Force from Congress. It is critical to the balance of powers that the legislative branch assert its constitutional role to prevent another costly extended military conflict in the region.”