Corker Comments On Possible Syrian Negotiations; Graves Opposed To Use Of Force

Monday, September 9, 2013

In response to reports of the possibility for negotiations that could lead to Syria turning over its chemical weapons, Senator Bob Corker made the following statement: 

“While at this point I have healthy skepticism that this offer will change the situation and it will be several days before we can fully determine its credibility, I do know that it never would have been floated if the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had not approved the authorization for the use of force last week.”

Rep. Tom Graves (R-GA-14) issued the following statement after attending a classified briefing on Syria on Monday evening:

“I intend to vote against authorizing the president to use military force in Syria. The Obama Administration has not provided a clear or convincing strategy for inserting our military into the conflict. I am also deeply concerned about the extent to which al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists are involved in the rebellion.


“President Obama has made clear his opinion that this situation does not currently present a direct or imminent threat to the United States. If a resolution to authorize force fails to pass, the president must refrain from engaging militarily in Syria.”

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