CONGRESSMAN TED LIEU STATEMENT ON LATEST U.S. AIRSTRIKES IN SYRIA

August 13, 2015
Press Release

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Los Angeles - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) issued the following statement in the wake of the latest U.S. airstrikes in Syria.

“Yesterday, the United States started conducting manned airstrikes from Incirlik Air Base in Turkey against ISIL targets in Syria.  I opposed the prior use of military force in Syria and I oppose these new airstrikes.  I remain concerned that the Administration has yet to put forward a comprehensive strategy for the conflict in Syria and that Congress has yet to authorize this use of force.  That is why I voted in favor of an amendment earlier this year by Representatives Barbara Lee, Jim McGovern, and Walter Jones to withdraw US forces from Syria and Iraq due to the absence of congressional authorization.  We should not be risking American lives and wasting taxpayer dollars by continuing to intervene militarily in a complicated war halfway across the world without adequately explaining to the American people why we are doing so."

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