Members of Oregon's Congressional delegation responded to the President's call on Congress to postpone a vote to authorize the use of force in Syria as the administration continues to pursue diplomatic options.
Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement after President Obama's address on the situation in Syria.
"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."
Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici released the following statement in reaction to President Obama's national address about Syria.
" President Obama explained his case for a targeted military strike in Syria to deter and degrade the Assad regime from further use of chemical weapons, but also asked that a vote on military action be delayed while diplomatic efforts are pursued.
"Every effort should be made to avoid military action. Syria's decision to join the Chemical Weapons Convention and Russia's condemnation of chemical weapons are both positive steps forward.
"This is an issue best addressed by the international community. The United States must continue to work with countries around the globe to build support for a resolution that will require Syria to turn over chemical weapons and place them under the control of the UN.
"Although the vote on military action will not be brought forward at this time, we must not ignore the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria. Congress should provide additional humanitarian aid to the refugees of this horrific conflict while the President and others within the administration work to build support for a diplomatic, non-military resolution."
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