Rigell Responds to President Obama's Statement

Office of U.S. Congressman Scott Rigell
2013-08-31 15:56:28
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Rigell Responds to
President Obama's Decision to Seek Congressional Authorization for Use of Military Force in Syria


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

"I applaud and respect President Obama’s decision to seek Congressional authorization for the use of military force in response to the tragic chemical attack in Syria.

"The debates that will take place in the House of Representatives and Senate will increase our understanding of the President's strategy. The votes that will follow will reflect the collective wisdom and the definitive position of the American people on the use of force in Syria as expressed by their elected representatives.

"Absent, though, was a commitment from President Obama to honor and adhere to the outcome of these votes. Setting that issue aside, I look forward to the House coming back into session and engaging in this critical debate. Only then, after all sides and voices are heard, can I cast a fully informed vote.

"President Obama seeking authorization is a very welcomed announcement, one that advances an adherence to our Constitution. That is good for every American, especially, I believe, for those who wear our nation’s uniform and would be called upon to execute any order that the President might issue."  




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