Rep. Miller Statement on President Obama Seeking Congressional Authorization for U.S. Military Involvement in the Syrian Civil War

Aug 31, 2013

Harrison Township, MI – U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) today issued the following statement regarding the ongoing conflict in Syria.

“Since President Obama began to put forward the idea that he intended to engage U.S. armed forces in the Syrian civil war I have demanded that the President ask for an authorization from Congress as required by law and our Constitution.  I disagree with President Obama when he states that he has the unilateral authority to take our nation into another war in Syria, but I am glad that he has decided to seek an authorization for this action from Congress.

"Since the start of this debate I have made every attempt to share all available information with my constituents and seek their input on what they believe is the right way forward for our nation so I can be an effective voice for them in Congress.  I am very thankful that so many of my constituents have responded and the input I have received so far indicates that they are very skeptical that it is in our nation’s interests to become engaged in the Syrian conflict.  I share their skepticism.

"There are no issues more important to our nation than the issues of war and peace.  Tomorrow I will return to Washington to receive a classified briefing on the Syrian situation so that I can make the most informed decision possible on behalf of our nation and those I serve.  If the President does now believe that military force is required then he must make the case to the American people and their representatives in Congress for such action.  In order to win my support it must be proven that not only did the Assad regime use chemical weapons against his own people, but more importantly that American involvement in the Syrian Civil War is in the vital national security interest of our nation.  Over the last 12 years of conflict we have learned many valuable lessons that we must take into account as we move forward.  At this point I am highly skeptical that engaging our armed forces in the Syrian Civil War is in the interests of our nation.”