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Elected Officials Weigh In on Syria

STATEMENT FROM U.S. REP. JOHN KATKO ON U.S. STRIKES IN SYRIA

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – U.S. Rep. John Katko (NY-24) today released the following statement regarding U.S. military strikes in Syria:

“The horrific and barbaric chemical attacks by the Assad regime against innocent civilians, including children, warranted strong and measured action.  Targeted U.S. strikes on the air base from which these chemical attacks emanated were a proportional response to this horrible atrocity.  Given the complexity of the conflict in Syria, I urge the Administration to articulate its strategy moving forward. As always, our Armed Forces acted bravely, professionally, and successfully, and I remain committed to ensuring they have the resources to be safe and successful.”

Congressman John Katko represents the 24th Congressional District of New York, which includes all of Onondaga, Cayuga, and Wayne counties and the western portion of Oswego County.

For more information visit http://katko.house.gov or www.facebook.com/RepJohnKatko.

SENATOR GILLIBRAND STATEMENT ON BOMBING OF SYRIAN AIR BASE

Washington, DC – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today issued the following statement on the bombing of an air base in Syria:

“The chemical attacks by the Assad regime in Syria are unconscionable atrocities and a direct violation of international law; these attacks demand a firm response from the U.S. and the world community.

“However, unilateral military action by the U.S. in a Middle East conflict causes grave concern, given the lack of any Authorization for Use of Military Force from Congress and the absence of any long-term plan or strategy to address any consequences from such unilateral action.

“Furthermore, there is no ‘military only’ solution to the suffering in Syria. The American people need answers from the Administration about their plan here and how they will bring coalition partners to the table for a long-term diplomatic solution.”