Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks

Representing the 5th District of Indiana
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Brooks Statement on Syria Resolution

Sep 10, 2013
Press Release

Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) released the following statement regarding proposed military action in Syria:

“I have decided I will not vote in favor of the Obama administration’s current request for a resolution authorizing the use of military force in Syria. Even after two classified briefings with Administration officials and today’s Committee on Homeland Security hearing on the issue, I simply feel the White House has failed to outline a specific plan for action and success in the context of our national interest. 

I am appalled by the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons on its own people and I support continued humanitarian aid for the victims of this senseless crime. However, after saying that Assad should be removed from power two years ago and setting a ‘red line’ more than one year ago, President Obama remains woefully unable to demonstrate how his current call for a military strike fits into any broader strategic plan for the United States and its role in an increasingly unstable Middle East region.

I am not inherently opposed to the use of military force to protect our national interests and I deeply respect the opinions of House leadership and many of my colleagues. However, until we have a clear mission and a meaningful set of objectives, I cannot support the Administration’s request.”

The Congresswoman’s decision comes on the heels of a week spent discussing the issue with Hoosiers at several public forums. Congresswoman Brooks also attended a classified briefing from the Administration on the situation last Friday in the U.S. Capitol and a second classified briefing on Monday. Today, the Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing to discuss the implications of the crisis in Syria on homeland security efforts.

For more information on Congresswoman Susan W. Brooks, please visit www.SusanWBrooks.house.gov.