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Congressman John Larson

Representing the 1st District of Connecticut

Larson Statement on President Barack Obama's Iraq Update

June 13, 2014
Press Release

Washington - Rep. John B. Larson (CT-01) released the following statement today on President Barack Obama's Iraq update:

"As the President stated earlier, the next several days will be crucial in assessing how to move forward in Iraq. I support his decision not to put boots on the ground and appreciate his caution,” said Larson. “As I’ve said before, the United States cannot go it alone. This is a global and regional issue that requires multilateral support based on the certainty of our intelligence and the cooperation of our allies.

“While it is clear the President has authority to act, we now know that Congressional authority was based on a false premise and information. Understanding the dilemma facing the Administration, I continue to believe the President should come to Congress. Further, we must provide the American people opportunities for public discussion and debate on our involvement.”

Congressman Larson plans to announce an upcoming forum in the First Congressional District on Iraq in the coming week.