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Pelosi Dear Colleague: Important Week for Discussion on Syria

Dear Colleague,

Our continuing discussion on the appropriate response to the Syrian government’s actions is affected by Congress not being in session.  However, this week is an important one in our discussion of what House Members are willing to support.  Yesterday, I asked for input, and I am grateful for those who made your concerns known. 

Responses included suggestions to add language to prevent boots on the ground, to tie the authorization more closely to the use of chemical weapons and to address concerns about an open-ended timetable.  Chairman Israel has suggested language along these lines, and Congressmen Chris Van Hollen and Gerry Connolly have also put forward a proposal. 

Please offer further suggestions or ideas you may have as to what you can support, so I can convey your concerns to the White House.

The House Democratic leadership joins Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Dutch Ruppersberger in encouraging you to read the classified intelligence report, which will be made available every day of the week for your review.  I also appreciate your suggestions and comments regarding the need to educate the American public.  As I have said before, the President needs to continue to make the intelligence case to the American people as to the Assad regime’s responsibility for the attack and why it’s in our national interest to respond to it.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of this very important matter for which I am pleased that the President sought congressional authorization. 

best regards,

Democratic Leader