Pocan Calls on the President to Consult Congress Before Taking Military Action in Syria
MADISON, WI—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) today released the following statement on the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria and the rumors of a military strike by the United States:
“The use of chemical weapons is a reprehensible action. However, before any military action is taken by the United States, Congress should have a robust and thorough debate on the nation’s appropriate response. Any decision to engage in a military response must be done in consultation with and approval of Congress.
“I strongly urge the President to call Congress into session if he is serious about a military response to the civil war in Syria. While those who use chemical weapons must be held accountable, we too must be accountable to the Constitution and the laws of the land.”
Pocan also today sent a letter to the President, authored by California Congresswoman Barbara Lee, condemning the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria and calling for full congressional debate on an appropriate response.