Hoyer Statement After Syria Update

For Immediate Release:

August 31, 2013

Contact:

Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after President Obama's update on Syria:

"President Obama has carefully weighed the case for taking action along with our international partners to respond forcefully to the Syrian regime's deadly and nefarious use of chemical weapons. Now it is time for Congress, as the representatives of the American people, to do the same.

"I agree with the President that this is a decision that Congress must participate in making, and I believe that the Syrian regime must know that their blatant violation of international norms will be met with a strong response. I am hopeful that Congress will make clear through our decision the enduring strength of our democracy and the deeply held values that continue to make us a moral leader in the world."

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