Heck a No on U.S. Strike in Syria

WASHINGTON - Congressman Joe Heck (NV-03) issued the following statement after President Obama addressed the nation on the situation in Syria.

"Tonight, the American people again heard that chemical weapons were used in Syria against the civilian population by the Assad regime, and, as I have previously stated, the use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians is an especially heinous act that shows just how desperate the regime has become. However, after many hours of classified briefings and a House Armed Services Committee hearing with Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey, I am not convinced that Assad’s actions pose a direct and imminent threat to the national security of the United States, that clear and measurable objectives are in place for a military strike, or that the risks associated with a strike can be mitigated.

"At this time, given the lack of such a threat, I remain opposed to the U.S. taking military action in Syria. The American people, including the vast majority of my constituents, are rightly wary of getting involved in another Middle Eastern conflict. In the end, if we are going to engage our military, there must be a clear threat to our national security interests at home and a clear strategy of what we are going to achieve. Those two conditions simply have not been met.

"There have been recent developments in this situation, including the potential that the Syrians may turn over their chemical weapons stockpiles, and I will continue to monitor those developments. But on the question of the United States striking Syria, I am a no."

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Congressman Joe Heck represents Nevada's Third Congressional District in the House of Representatives. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.