Top Senate Dem Chuck Schumer Backs Syria Strike

AP

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), the third-ranking Democrat in the Senate, supports a resolution that would authorize force in Syria in response to a reported chemical weapons attack last month.

Read Schumer’s statement below:

The Syrian situation poses two conflicting goals: to allow the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government to go unanswered would encourage the Assad regime, and other rogue governments, to use them again, but the last thing America needs or wants is a protracted conflict in the Middle East when our primary focus must be on jobs, the economy and the middle class. The Foreign Relations Committee resolution is clear, limited and specific. It prohibits any boots on the ground and puts strict time limits on American involvement in Syria while still allowing an appropriate response to the use of weapons of mass destruction, and I will support it.

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