WASHINGTON - Congressman Rob Wittman (VA-01), Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces, today released the following statement on the U.S. airstrikes in Syria.
“Last evening, the United States launched 59 Tomahawk missiles from two United States Navy ships, striking Al Shayrat airfield in Syria. This airfield was used as the staging point for Tuesday's horrific chemical weapons attack perpetrated by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. I believe this Tomahawk strike sends a clear message to Syria’s dictator: Under this administration, the United States of America will not tolerate the use of chemical weapons.
“I've long advocated for the need to develop a more comprehensive strategy in Syria with clearly-articulated goals, benchmarks for success, and an endgame in mind. I will continue to work with my colleagues and the administration to ensure any future action is part of a comprehensive strategy that pursues the best interests of the United States, our allies, and the region as a whole. The best way for Congress to do that moving forward is to debate and pass a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) for Syria.”
Congressman Rob Wittman represents the 1st District of Virginia. He serves on the House Natural Resources Committee and the House Armed Services Committee, where he is the Chairman of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee.