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Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty

Representing the 5th District of Connecticut


Esty Statement on U.S. Missile Strike in Syria

April 7, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) today released the following statement:

“Last night's missile strike was a measured and proportionate immediate response to Assad’s heinous use of chemical weapons against his own people. However, continued military engagement in Syria will require congressional approval. Congress has abdicated this responsibility for far too long. We can’t pour resources and risk the lives of our troops in a new military conflict without a clear, comprehensive strategy and full consideration of the long-term ramifications. This was my position during the Obama administration, and it continues to be my position during the Trump administration. A comprehensive strategy should account for diplomatic avenues, a plan for dealing with Russia’s support of Assad, and a thoughtful refugee policy to alleviate the terrible humanitarian crisis created by the ongoing violence.”