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Congressman Mark Pocan

Representing the 2nd District of Wisconsin

Pocan Statement Following Classified Briefing on Syria

Sep 1, 2013
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC—U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-02) released the following statement after he returned to Washington, D.C., for today’s classified briefing for members of Congress on the situation in Syria:


“A strong discussion occurred today, however I am still not convinced that there is a compelling national security interest that necessitates a military response, solely or largely born by the United States. We need to engage the international community to find the appropriate response to the use of chemical weapons, and to do so will require a much broader discussion with all proper options given full consideration. The use of chemical weapons is completely unacceptable, but this is an issue that is best addressed by the international community. I look forward to reviewing the United Nations report as we move forward in this discussion.”