As you plan to travel back to Washington, I wanted to share some recent comments made by the President and Senator Barbara Boxer. In Sweden this week, the President said “I didn’t set a redline; the world set a red line.” He continued saying “Congress set a red line when it indicated that – in a piece of legislation titled the Syria Accountability Act – that some of the horrendous things that are happening on the ground there need to be answered for.”
Here in California, we are blessed with the leadership of Senator Barbara Boxer, who voted for the resolution marked up this week in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. As Senator Boxer noted in her statement before committee, “And then in 2003, we passed the Syria Accountability Act by a vote of 89 to 4. I wrote that bill with Senator Santorum. We had a huge vote in favor of it. This is what it says: ‘acquisition of weapons of mass destruction…threatens the security of the Middle East and the national security interests of the United States.’ Please read Senator Boxer’s full statement here.
As the Syria resolution approved by the Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday specifically notes, “… in the Syria Accountability and Lebanese Sovereignty Restoration Act of 2003, Congress found that Syria’s acquisition of weapons of mass destruction threatens the security of the Middle East and the national security interests of the United States.” The House passed this resolution, clearing it for presidential signature on November 20, 2003, with a vote of 408 to 8.
I look forward to continuing this critical debate. Thank you for your leadership.