U.S. Congresswoman Betty McCollum, D-Minn., said Thursday she supports draft legislation that would authorize President Barack Obama to conduct limited military action in response to the Syrian regime’s alleged use of chemical weapons against civilians.
joint resolution, sponsored by Reps. Chris Van Hollen, D-Maryland, and
Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, "strictly prohibits American forces on the
ground in Syria, limits the authority for military action to 60 days,
and limits the objective to deterring the repeated use of chemical
weapons," McCollum said in a news release.
"The 'Van Hollen-Connolly' language will prevent the U.S.
from being dragged into Syria’s civil war, but ensures the U.S., with
its international partners, is defending the global ban on the use of
chemical weapons," she said.
Here is McCollum's issued the following statement regarding her support for the “Van Hollen-Connolly Joint Resolution”:
“The Syrian regime has used chemical weapons to gas and kill their own people. Over 1,400 people are dead, including more than 400 children. The intelligence is undeniable.
“This atrocity violates the most basic international standards of acceptable behavior, even in war, and it is too egregious to ignore. President Obama is correct—a forceful, coordinated international response to the Assad regime’s crimes is needed. Yet, an open-ended, poorly defined authorization for the use of military force is not acceptable to me, but neither is the prospect of doing nothing in the face of this evil act against innocent civilians.”
“The legislation put forward by Reps. Van Hollen and Connolly is the right approach. It clearly defines limitations to prevent an open ended commitment. Yet, it provides President Obama the support of Congress to take military action, in coordination with international partners, to enforce the chemical weapons ban and deter their future use. U.S. national security and our vital leadership role in the Middle East are at stake.
"I urge my colleagues and constituents to support this responsible approach,” said McCollum, a member of the House Appropriations Committee and Democratic co-chair of the Congressional Native American Caucus