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Sherman, Author of House-Passed War Powers Amendment (2011), Issues Statement on Syria


Location: Washington, DC

Congressman Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) made the following statement regarding intervention in Syria. Sherman is a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Terrorism, Trade, and Nonproliferation.

"While supporting democracy abroad we should respect the rule of law at home. The President should comply with the War Powers Act and at this stage he is doing so by conferring with Congressional leaders.

"Under the War Powers Act the President may not put American forces into hostilities for more than 60 days without Congressional approval. I led the effort in 2011 to use Congress' power over appropriations to enforce this provision with respect to Libya. [Specifically, in July 2011, during the Libya campaign, the House passed a Sherman amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill, prohibiting the use of funds in violation of the War Powers Act.]

"The Syrian opposition includes al-Qaeda affiliated elements. However, the Assad regime poses a greater threat to U.S. national security interests as is illustrated by Assad's alliance with Iran and Hezbollah.

"We should demonstrate to Assad, and dictators who come after him, that they will pay a significant military price if they use chemical weapons--particularly if they use chemical weapons on a large scale against civilians."

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