Members of New York’s congressional delegation reacted this way to the use of cruise missiles to strike Syria in retaliation for the use of chemical weapons on its people:
U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Willsboro: “This week the world watched in horror as the Assad regime used chemical weapons to murder dozens of men, women and children. The Obama administration policy toward Syria has failed and we need a new strategy. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, this will be an important part of our work and I will be monitoring the situation closely with my colleagues.”
U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-New York: “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.”
U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York: “Making sure Assad knows that when he commits such despicable atrocities he will pay a price is the right thing to do. It is incumbent on the Trump administration to come up with a strategy and consult with Congress before implementing it. I salute the professionalism and skill of our Armed Forces who took action today.”
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