Congressman Scott Peters

Representing the 52nd District of California

Rep. Peters’ Statement on Missile Strikes in Syria

Apr 6, 2017
Press Release

Today, U.S. Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) issued the following statement after the United States military launched a cruise missile attack on a Syrian airfield in response to a chemical weapons attack earlier this week:

“The chemical attack this week was the latest in a long line of brutal atrocities committed against the Syrian people by Bashar al-Assad – it warranted a response. 

“However, I am concerned that President Trump would launch an attack unilaterally without consulting the legislative branch. Congress has not provided the authority to conduct war against the Syrian government. Going forward, the President owes it to Congress and the American people to inform them of the larger strategy in Syria and any future military actions.

"I look forward to working collaboratively with the President and Congress to hold Assad accountable for his actions, end the war in Syria, and provide for humane treatment of the refugees from this tragedy and tyranny."