Following recent Airstrikes in Syria, local representatives in Congress are responding to the United State's action to punish President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical attack against civilians.
Here are statements from some Congressional Leaders regarding the United State's joining France and Great Britain in conducting these attacks.
Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (R) 22nd District
"Last night, the United States along with our British and French allies showed the world that the United States will not sit idly by while the Syrian regime uses chemical weapons to murder and maim its own people. While the Russians continue to support these heinous war crimes, the Syrian regime continues to violate its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention and the UN's Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. I support President Trump’s limited action to target chemical weapons facilities and hold this brutal regime accountable. I also support the extraordinary service and sacrifice of our brave men and women who serve this nation in our armed forces. Going forward it is vitally important that the administration involve Congress in any future decisions regarding the region beyond these limited actions."
Congressman John Faso (R) 19th District
"The coalition strike in Syria is a measured response to Assad’s barbaric use of chemical weapons. Chemical weapons have been prohibited for decades and we must enforce this prohibition."
Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R) 21st District
"Last night, U.S. and allied forces launched precision air strikes against the Syrian regime in response to its use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians. This kind of brutality cannot stand, and I support the President’s decision to respond with the support of our allies in the UK and France.
“There are many questions that remain about our policy in Syria, and I will continue working with my colleagues on the House Armed Services Committee to conduct rigorous oversight of our strategy. I pray for the safety of our brave men and women serving in uniform as they carry out this mission.”
The White House says the leaders agreed the airstrikes in Syria "were successful and necessary to deter" the future use of chemical weapons.