Rigell Reacts to Secretary Kerry's Statement

Office of U.S. Congressman Scott Rigell
2013-08-30 14:18:31
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Rigell to Secretary Kerry: Consultation is Not a Substitute for Statutory Authority
from Congress


Washington -- Today Congressman Scott Rigell (VA-2) released the following statement: 

"Secretary Kerry shared with America 'what we know,' and it was consistent with reports that had been widely-circulated over the past several days. I join Secretary Kerry and the Administration in condemning the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.

"I also appreciate the Administration’s efforts to consult with Congress, including a conference call with Members of the House Armed Services Committee that I will participate in later this afternoon.

"Though consulting with Congress is helpful, it is in no way an adequate substitute for President Obama obtaining statutory authority from Congress prior to the use of military force, as required by the Constitution." 




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