San Mateo, CA - Congresswoman Jackie Speier (CA-14) today issued the following statement in response to the missile strikes against Syria:

“Last night's strikes against Syrian regime forces constituted a proportional response to President Assad's horrific sarin gas attack against innocent civilians. These strikes, however, were conducted without Congressional authorization as required under the Constitution of the United States. I urge Speaker Ryan to call Members back to Washington to debate a new Authorization for the Use of Military Force that would provide the necessary legal basis for any future military action.

“The atrocities in Syria cannot be halted with force alone. President Trump belatedly realized that Assad is a butcher enabled by Vladimir Putin; he must now lead the international community in a diplomatic response to the years-long crisis that has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions displaced. During his planned trip to Moscow, Secretary of State Tillerson must challenge his counterparts to acknowledge the facts and accept responsibility for the tragic results of Russian obstruction in the region. The President must also acknowledge that shuttering our borders against those in the greatest need of refuge - including the children and babies he has recently spoken of, but his immigration policies so heartlessly excluded - stands contrary to our values and the best interests of the United States.”