Today Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) issued the following statement regarding the prospect of the United States using military force in Syria.
"The use of chemical weapons, especially against a civilian population, is an act of egregious moral depravity that I wholeheartedly condemn. I support the work of the United Nations' inspectors in Syria and it is essential that the inspectors are given the time and resources they need to thoroughly investigate these reported atrocities.
While it is clear that the President can and should act to defend our country, it is equally clear that the President should seek Congressional authorization before engaging in military action against Syria. The situation in Syria is extremely complex and uncertain. At this point, we do not know all the facts. Before the U.S. engages in military action, Congress must have the opportunity to examine all of the evidence, consider all of the alternatives, and understand the goals and end point of any use of force."