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Polis statement on Syrian missile attack

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Washington, April 7, 2017 | comments

Washington: Rep. Jared Polis, D-Boulder, gave the following statement regarding United States missile strikes against Syrian targets. 

“Any act of war requires a formal declaration from Congress, and I strongly urge the President to fulfill his constitutional responsibility by consulting Congress before taking any further military action in Syria.” Polis said.  “I also believe the U.S. cannot disregard the continued terror in Syria, and that is why I have called for an increase in the admission of Syrian refugees, and why the President must reconsider his policies that seek to shut down all migration from Syria. Earlier today, I signed on to a resolution to encourage the use of all diplomatic and economic means to compel the Assad regime to transfer power peacefully.”

Polis is a cosponsor of H.R.1677, the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2017.  The legislation would impose new sanctions on the Assad regime and its supporters, spur investigations meant to fuel the prosecution of war crimes in Syria, and encourage a process to find a negotiated solution to the crisis.

Polis first spoke out against attacking Syria in 2013, drafting a local opinion-editorial on the topic. 

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