Several Northwest lawmakers released statements on Syria after the President's speech Tuesday. Here are their comments.
Sen. Jeff Merkley - (D) Oregon
“I share the President’s deep passion that the use of chemical weapons is unacceptable. The United States must not ignore Syria’s egregious crime against its citizens.
“Indeed, America should bring the world together to condemn and penalize Syria for this action. Such an effort, however, is best pursued through international negotiation and diplomacy. I’m encouraged that the U.S. and other nations are now pursuing just such an international diplomatic strategy for ending Syrian access to chemical weapons. Over the coming days we will see if the Syrians and Russians can be full participants in a timely and verifiable intervention to accomplish this important and significant goal.”
Rep. Kurt Schrader - (D) Oregon 5th Congressional District
“I appreciate the President working with Russia and our other international partners on developing a diplomatic strategy to end the use of chemical weapons in Syria and avert unilateral U.S. military action, as I have called for. The most effective way our nation can punish Syria’s violation of international norms, prevent potential future threats and avoid another costly war is to work under the aegis of an internationally recognized body. Obviously, the proof is in the pudding and a lot remains to be seen in regards to the timetable, execution and enforcement of the current proposal to rid Syria of every chemical weapon they possess. However, I stand with the President in leading the world community to get these horrible weapons out of the wrong hands and hold those who would dare use them on innocent civilians responsible.”
Rep. Earl Blumenauer - (D) Oregon 3rd Congressional District (via Twitter)
"Relieved to hear the President slow down on Syria & embrace a diplomatic approach. Multilateral effort w Russia will be much more effective."
Rep. Peter DeFazio - (D) Oregon 4th Congressional District
“The use of chemical weapons by any country against their own civilians is morally reprehensible. Our response should begin with stronger engagement with the international community and the United Nations Security Council. The President is right to delay a vote for authorization of use of force-- the need for or potential effectiveness of U.S. military involvement is questionable at best. We should direct all of our considerable efforts and influence with our allies toward pursuing the opening of a chemical weapons disarmament plan and diplomatic resolution. We need significant U.N. actions that would both disarm the Syrian regime and try those responsible for war crimes in an international tribunal.”