September 19, 2017
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-NE) issued the following statement after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a proposal from Senator Sasse and Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) to establish a bipartisan Syria Study Group to undertake a comprehensive and strategic policy review of American policy in Syria.
“ISIS has lost ground in Syria but we need a strategy to make sure that we don’t let off the gas,” said Senator Sasse. “The American people still need a strategy – not a speech, not a press release, not a list of goals, but a clear and comprehensive strategy.”
In July, Senators Sasse and Shaheen called for a Syria Study Group if the White House did not provide a strategy. The Senators wrote that the Syria Study Group would “allow Congress to support a policy approach that closes the current gap between U.S. goals and concrete U.S. commitments while ensuring that any escalation of U.S. involvement in Syria is not undertaken for tactical gains alone but is part of a strategy to achieve critical U.S. objectives.” Their letter is available here.
Text of the Sasse-Shaheen amendment, which was added to the Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act of 2017, can be found here.