Released by the office of U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling
WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05), chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, released the following statement today in response to the president’s call for military action and request for Congressional approval of his proposed response.
“Like most members of Congress, I recognize the grave and important matter before us, and I am considering the president’s request and case for military action in Syria very carefully.
“As appalled as all Americans are over the Syrian civil war – the use of chemical weapons being the most egregious act amongst a number of atrocities committed thus far – serious questions remain about the precise nature of the president’s proposed response.
“Is a U.S. military response vital to protecting U.S. security interests?
“If so, how will the president’s proposed response be effective in protecting those interests in both the short and long term?
“If this plan is – as the president has said – part of a greater global response, how does the plan for U.S. action fit into larger global efforts, and who will support it?
“In a region where distinguishing between friend and foe proves exceedingly challenging, who does the administration identify as our friend?
“At the end of the day, how does the president define success in this mission?
“The president made the right decision to seek authorization from Congress for military action in Syria. However, he has to effectively make the case for authorizing military action by answering these critical questions if he is to receive the congressional approval he is seeking.”