House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi sent Thursday her third “Dear Colleague” letter of the week to the House Democratic Caucus, urging them to approve military strikes in Syria.
Pelosi said in the letter that the resolution passed Wednesday by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee addressed some of the concerns of caucus members.
The text is below.
Yesterday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution to authorize limited and targeted military action in response to the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime.
The Senate resolution addresses some of the concerns expressed by many of our House members. Specifically, the resolution prevents boots on the ground, ties the authorization more closely to the use of chemical and other weapons of mass destruction and has a limited timetable.
In order for the resolution to be filed in the Senate in a timely manner, the Senate and the House will each convene for a pro forma session tomorrow, Friday, September 6, 2013. The Senate expects to consider the joint resolution during the week of September 9.
As this process moves forward, I am grateful to those who have provided their ideas, suggestions and concerns and urge you to continue to do so.
Thank you again for the thoughtful and deliberative tone during this serious debate.