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ICYMI: Womack Addresses McKeon Amendment on House Floor

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Washington, D.C., September 17, 2014 | comments

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Congressman Steve Womack (AR-3) spoke from the House Floor on the McKeon amendment to H.J.Res. 124, the Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2015.  The McKeon amendment would authorize the Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of State, to carry out President Obama’s plan of training and equipping Syrian opposition forces to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).  

“I have grave concerns about the President’s current plan to train and equip Syrian opposition forces in the fight against ISIL… President Obama has proposed we outsource this problem to other people, and as a military officer, I am concerned that he actually believes this limited use of military power can achieve the ultimate objective of destroying ISIL – a force that is 30,000 strong and growing by the day…  However, we cannot afford to stand idly by for another day, and a step in the right direction is better than no step at all.  So I join my colleagues in support of this amendment, but I believe in short order we will be asked to do more.”

The full video can be found here.

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