Rigell Responds to Diplomatic Agreement Regarding Syria's Chemical Weapons

Office of U.S. Congressman Scott Rigell
2013-09-14 19:04:36
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Rigell Responds to Diplomatic Agreement Regarding Syria's Chemical Weapons


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

“I was pleased to learn of the diplomatic agreement announced earlier today that provides a blueprint for Syria's chemical weapons to come under international control and eventually be destroyed. President Obama’s decision to seek congressional authorization prior to the use of military force in Syria, announced two weeks ago today, and his decision to pursue a non-military alternative demonstrates the benefit of having Congress and the White House work together, as I believe is required by our Constitution, in matters of national security such as the one we face with Assad’s use of chemical weapons.

“Though today’s announcement is encouraging, we proceed with full recognition that Syria’s and Russia’s track records with respect to full disclosure, kept commitments, and overall level of trustworthiness are not good. Regardless of the level of cooperation the Syrian regime may ultimately offer as a result of today’s announcement, I firmly believe that Bashar al-Assad must be held personally accountable for the chemical weapons attack on August 21, 2013, that killed more than 1,000 men, women, and children. Accordingly, I have co-sponsored a resolution in the House of Representatives that calls on President Obama to lead the effort in the United Nations to establish a War Crimes Tribunal for the specific purpose of bringing Assad and the perpetrators of this horrific tragedy to justice.”

Read the resolution regarding the War Crimes Tribunal 
In August, Rigell drafted a letter signed by 139 other members urging the President to adhere to the Constitution and receive congressional authorization before using military force.  Read the letter



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