Senate votes to support Syrian war, too cowardly to declare it under constitution

Senate votes to support Syrian war, too cowardly to declare it under constitution

January 31st 2019, the Senate passed an amendment to Senate Bill 1 which expresses support of the United States military occupation of Syria. This amendment was in response to President Trump’s plan to withdraw the country from foreign wars in the middle-east, a central campaign promise and critical piece of the America First agenda.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell sponsored the amendment with the following as original cosponsors:

Lindsey Graham (R-SC)
Roy Blunt (R-MO)
Richard Burr (R-NC)
Mitt Romney (R-UT)
Joni Ernst (R-IA)
James Inhofe (R-OK)
Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Ben Sasse (R-NE)
Deb Fischer (R-NE)
Chuck Grassley (R-IA)
Ron Johnson (R-WI)
Richard Shelby (R-AL)
Thom Tillis (R-NC)
John Cornyn (R-TX)
Dan Sullivan (R-AK)
Roger Wicker (R-MS)
James Lankford (R-OK)
Todd Young (R-IN)
John Boozman (R-AR)

The amendment was attached to Senate Bill 1, the “Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019”. It passed with bi-partisan support with a margin of 68-23.

Senate Bill 1’s purpose is stated:

A bill to make improvements to certain defense and security assistance provisions and to authorize the appropriation of funds to Israel, to reauthorize the United States-Jordan Defense Cooperation Act of 2015, and to halt the wholesale slaughter of the Syrian people, and for other purposes.

The Amendment’s stated purpose:

To express the sense of the Senate that the United States faces continuing threats from terrorist groups operating in Syria and Afghanistan and that the precipitous withdrawal of United States forces from either country could put at risk hard-won gains and United States national security.

Among the many statements in the amendment were the following:

calls upon the Administration to conduct a thorough review of the military and diplomatic strategies in Syria and Afghanistan, including an assessment of the risk that withdrawal from those countries could strengthen the power and influence of Russia and Iran…

requests that the Administration, as part of this review, solicit the views of Israel…

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