Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement after President Barack Obama's address to the nation on the situation in Syria:
"I believe that the President tonight made a compelling case to respond militarily to the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime. He also made clear that Assad must take immediate steps in order to demonstrate his sincerity about verifiable disarmament. I support the President’s efforts to achieve a diplomatic solution that provides confidence to the world that Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal will be swiftly moved to international safekeeping with a view toward its eventual destruction.
“The events of the past few days demonstrate that the credible threat of military action by the United States, with support from our allies, can compel a nation to reconsider the development or deployment of weapons of mass destruction. This is even more reason why a process to authorize the President to use limited and decisive military force must remain on the table, should diplomatic efforts fail to produce results or if it becomes evident that the Syrian regime is interested only in stalling or delay.
“It is in our national security interest – and in the interest of global security and stability – to make clear to the Assad regime, to other nations, and to non-state actors the serious consequences of pursuing or using weapons of mass destruction. I continue to support the President’s determination that the United States and our international partners must take action to deter Assad from employing chemical weapons and to degrade his ability to do so in the future.”