Hultgren Statement on Syria and Air Strikes
Washington, DC — U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (IL-14) today released the following statement on Syria:
“I condemn Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s heinous use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians, including children who were left dead, maimed and gasping for air. His wicked actions are a blatant violation of his agreement to dismantle Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal—and they have consequences. The U.S. response was measured, targeted and directed at the military installation from which Assad’s chemical attacks originated. Any further military response should be reviewed by Congress.
“Clearly, the 2013 Framework for Elimination of Syrian Chemical Weapons agreed upon by the United States and the Russian Federation, with Syria’s cooperation, has been violated. Investigators charged with monitoring that agreement—and Russia, for that matter—need to provide answers for why it has failed, and what they will do to ensure compliance going forward.
“The Syrian civil conflict has resulted in unbelievable carnage, human rights violations and suffering—it must come to an end. There are no easy solutions, but Assad must be held accountable, and his victims must have justice.”
Rep. Hultgren is Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) and a commissioner on both the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) and the Helsinki Commission (Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe).