Congressman Chris Collins

Representing the 27th District of New York
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Statement from Congressman Chris Collins (NY-27) Outlining Position on Syria

Sep 10, 2013
Press Release
After carefully considering the matter and waiting for President Obama to make his best case to the American people, I have decided that I will vote no to authorize U.S. military action in Syria, if and when the vote comes to the House. While I understand that this situation is very fluid, and the administration has agreed to diplomatic efforts through the United Nations, I am unconvinced that a U.S. military strike in Syria would be in the best interest of America and its allies in the region. The emergence of a non-military solution to this crisis - as we have seen in just the last 24 hours - demonstrates how ill-conceived and poorly thought out the President's plan has been since its inception.  
 
Proposing military action is one of the most serious decisions a President can make, and therefore requires a clear set of objectives and a clear exit strategy.  This administration has satisfied neither, leaving us with serious questions about whether a U.S military strike in Syria will be indirectly assisting anti-American jihadist forces inside of the country and will not guarantee that Assad is unable to launch future chemical weapons attacks.  
 
Since the President proposed military action in Syria, and more recently since he decided to seek Congressional authorization for such action, I have received a tremendous amount of feedback from my constituents.   I appreciate the more than 4,000 New York-27 residents who took time to let me know how they view this important national decision.  My constituents are overwhelmingly opposed to any U.S. military involvement in Syria and after thoroughly deliberating on the matter; I believe they are justified in their opposition.