WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) issued the following statement today after hosting a telephone town hall meeting with thousands of constituents from across the 5th Congressional District of Texas to hear their thoughts on a proposed military strike in Syria.
“Like most members of Congress, I recognize the grave and important matter before us as we weigh the president’s request for military action in Syria. I also realize how vital it is that the voices of the American people are heard in this debate. That is why I hosted a telephone town hall meeting with my constituents tonight.
“In listening to concerned citizens from across my district in cities like Mesquite, Forney, Athens, Palestine, Jacksonville, Canton, and Winnsboro, it is clear the president and his administration have been unable to persuade the American people that military action in Syria is the correct thing to do. From questions concerning what clear and present danger Syria poses to our national security, to concerns about how American military action may further destabilize the region and embolden our enemies, to worry over how action could pull the U.S. into a deeper conflict, it is clear from tonight’s call that the American people are not convinced of the need to move forward with the president’s plan. I must say, I agree with them.
“Thus far, President Obama has not made a compelling case justifying how military action in Syria – which will require committing American resources and potentially the lives of our men and women in uniform – is in the national security interests of the United States. Even though I disagree with the president most of the time, I will listen attentively tomorrow night as he makes his case to the American people, giving him the respect due the Commander in Chief. However, unless the president lays out a new and more compelling case than the one I’ve received, both publicly and in a classified briefing with top administration officials, I don’t see how I can support his plan for military action in Syria.”
(PICTURED ABOVE: Congressman Jeb Hensarling (TX-05) joins thousands of constituents from across the 5th Congressional District of Texas to discuss the current situation in Syria and to hear their thoughts on the president's proposed military strike.)