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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson: House Should Return to Washington and Work on Serious Situation in Iraq

August 26, 2014
Press Release

Hartford, CT – Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today:

“The extreme violence and latest political unrest witnessed in Iraq has brought to light old and new questions about the region. As President Obama’s administration weighs several options, Congress should be fully engaged.

“Rather than remaining at home second guessing and criticizing the President’s every move, Congress should be back in Washington and fully briefed. It remains unclear with regard to strikes in Syria whether the President needs Congressional authority. It is Congress’s duty to weigh in and clarify. As this serious situation continues to evolve, Congress has the responsibility to examine the issues and potentially vote on authorizing military force.

“There is no question that Americans are weary of war. Given the gravity of the situation, their elected Representatives should be in Washington, working through these issues.”