Congressman Evans Position on U.S. Airstrikes in Syria

April 7, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Dwight Evans (PA-02) released the following statement in response to U.S. airstrikes in Syria, after a horrific chemical weapons attack executed by Bashar al-Assad and the Assad Regime:

“My heart breaks for the men, women and children in Syria who have been impacted by the continuous brutal attacks perpetrated by Assad and his regime,” Congressman Dwight Evans said. “This week’s horrendous attack was yet another atrocity in the Assad regime’s string of deadly attacks on the Syrian people.”

“Last night President Trump took unilateral action to use U.S. military force without the input of Congress,” Evans said, “Congress needs to be a part of the conversation and more importantly a part of implementing a long term strategy in Syria.”

“History teaches us that the consequences of military action without a clear plan are catastrophic,” Evans said. “As the voice of the American people, Congress has an obligation to take a vote to determine what the role and level of U.S. involvement in Syria should be moving forward.”

As we reflect on the actions that took place last night, we are reminded that this week marked the 49th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968, exactly a year to the day after he delivered his infamous, antiwar Beyond Vietnam speech.

“In light of everything that is taking place domestically and abroad we are reminded of Dr. King’s unwavering pro-peace outlook and should use this as a guide to move our nation forward,” Evans said. 


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