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Watson Coleman Statement on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

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WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman released this statement after U.S. forces conducted a tomahawk missile strike targeting a Syrian government airfield, following a brutal chemical weapons attack perpetrated by the Assad Regime:

“We need to take decisive steps to combat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s war crimes, but Congress has a Constitutional duty to ensure a calculated and warranted response – especially when that response requires military action. We honor and pray for the courageous men and women of our military for their continued sacrifices on behalf of our nation. The commitment of these men, women, and their families make it critical for the President to engage in a dialogue with Congress about the rationale of this drastic measure and any further action being considered – a debate that should have transpired ahead of these airstrikes. Seemingly short-sighted actions like these strikes have a potential to be regressive and dangerous. Passing a new Authorization for Use of Military Force would allow Congress to establish a responsible plan through debate to move toward peace in Syria. This President owes the American people an explanation of his strategy and a clear plan to execute his goals. The Administration’s “America First” agenda cannot leave out the American people nor the men and women elected to serve in their best interests.”

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