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17LTR-SYR on Feb 22, 2017

Report: holding Assad accountable for slaughter of civilians
Source: Syria Letter
Excerpts from Letter from 14 Senators to Secretary of State Tillerson: A February 7 Amnesty International report asserts that up to 13,000 people have been methodically executed at the Saydnaya Prison as part of a calculated campaign of extrajudicial execution authorized at the highest levels of the Syrian government.

Assad's actions--including the confirmed use of chemical weapons—provide sufficient documentation exists to charge Bashar al-Assad with war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Russia, [despite its support of the Assad regime], must join the international community in seeking to hold Assad accountable, stop enabling the slaughter of the Syrian people, and undertake efforts to remove Iran-affiliated fighters from Syria.

Opposing argument: (ACLU blog, "Protect Syrian Civilians," 4/4/2017): Following the April 4 chemical attack, the president launched cruise missiles. There is no doubt that that the use of chemical weapons against civilians in northern Syria was illegal and immoral. However, the ACLU objected to President Trump unilaterally launching strikes without advance congressional authorization. The Constitution is clear that only Congress can declare war and authorize the use of our armed forces, absent an emergency need to stop a sudden attack.

Opposing argument: (Heritage Foundation, "Terrorism Report"): [The US should] support measures to hold Bashar al-Assad accountable to the Syrian people. Assad must answer for his crimes, and the Syrian people should be given discretion as to how this process is conducted. Their options could include trial in a domestic court, inviting the International Criminal Court into Syria, or establishing a truth and reconciliation commission. Such a measure might also help to reduce the flow of foreign fighters into Syria. Also see related legislation H.R.1905, "Iran Threat Reduction Act"


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 17. Question 17: Avoid foreign entanglements Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: War & Peace
  • Headline: Hold Assad accountable for slaughter of civilians (Score: -1)

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Democrats participating in 17LTR-SYR

Cory Booker s1sNJ Democratic Challenger 
Chris Coons s1sDE Democratic Jr Senator 
Tim Kaine s1sVA Democratic Challenger 
Ed Markey s1sMA Democratic Challenger 
Jeff Merkley s1sOR Democratic Jr Senator 
Chris Murphy s1sConnecticut Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Jeanne Shaheen s1sNH Democratic Sr Senator 
Tom Udall s1sNew Mexico Democrat (Senate 2008) 



Republicans participating in 17LTR-SYR

Cory Gardner s1sCO Republican Senate challenger 
Marco Rubio s1sFL Republican Jr Senator 
Todd Young s1sIN Republican Senate Challenger 



Independents participating in 17LTR-SYR



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 8
Republicans: 3
Independents: 0


















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