September 02, 2013

Corker Statement on Foreign Relations Committee Hearings on Authorization for the Use of Military Force in Syria

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Bob Corker, R-Tenn., ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, today made the following statement regarding hearings on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week to consider legislation authorizing the use of U.S. military force in response to the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons in Syria.

“Congress’s role in U.S. military force has too often been abdicated to presidential authority, so I look forward to a vigorous debate on this important authorization,” said Corker.  “The American people deserve to hear more from the administration about why military action in Syria is necessary, what it will achieve and how it will be sufficiently limited to keep the U.S. from being drawn further into the Syrian conflict.  Now that the president has decided to use force and seek authorization, he must immediately use every resource appropriate in making his case to the public before this potentially defining vote in Congress.”