10.16.19

Gardner, Menendez, Young Introduce Joint Measure Opposing the Decision on Northern Syria

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Todd Young (R-IN) introduced a bipartisan measure opposing the decision to allow the Turkish military to attack America’s Syrian Kurdish partners. Representatives Eliot L. Engel (D-NY) and Michael T. McCaul (R-TX) introduced a companion resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

The resolution calls on the White House to put forward a plan to defeat an ISIS resurgence; expresses strong support for Syrian Kurdish forces, recognizing their commitment and sacrifices in the fight against ISIS; calls on Turkey to immediately cease its disastrous military action in Northeast Syria; and calls on the U.S. to stand with Syrian Kurdish communities impacted by violence.

 

“The decision to withdraw troops in Syria fails to protect allies who gave their lives alongside our troops to accomplish U.S. objectives and fails to facilitate our continued efforts against ISIS,” said Senator Gardner. “This bipartisan, bicameral measure expresses our grave concerns with the decision, and I encourage the Administration to immediately reverse course. The decision will result in greater instability in the region, create a vacuum for ISIS, and lead to a humanitarian crisis in the region.”

 

“I am pleased to join a bipartisan and bicameral group of colleagues today to express our alarm at Turkey's incursion into Syria and call upon the President to reverse his reckless foreign policy-making that is directly harming United States national security and contributing to an already devastating humanitarian crisis,” said Senator Menendez. “This joint resolution calls for Turkey to immediately cease military operations in Northeast Syria, for the U.S. government to continue humanitarian assistance for Syrian Kurdish communities, who are facing an outsized share of harm from President's Trump's reckless decision. Critically, we also call on the White House to develop a clear plan for the enduring defeat of ISIS. While the President's foreign policy blunders continue to embolden Russia, Iran and Syria, Congress must assert our role in promoting American national security.”

 

“President Trump is right to examine our enduring presence in places where threats have been defeated. However, we learned from President Obama’s premature disengagement from Iraq in 2011 that if we withdraw from countries too quickly our hard fought gains on the battlefield can be quickly erased and undermine the trust and confidence of our allies. President Trump successfully defeated ISIS, and we need to make sure they remain defeated. The administration should explain this decision in greater detail, and, in light of the severity of the situation, members of Congress should take a time out from politics and stand ready to work constructively to help stabilize the region,” said Senator Young.

 

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Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.