Ohio Congressional Rep. Marcy Kaptur Thanks President Obama for Not Rushing into Military Action in Syria

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, a Democrat representing Ohio's 9th District, was granted permission to address the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday with regards to the on-going situation in Syria. During her address to the House, Kaptur thanked President Barack Obama for not rushing the U.S. into military action.

She told the House:

“Madam Speaker, I’d like to thank President Obama for his considered judgment in the matter of Syria, and for not headstrong rushing the United States to military action. I thank him for his consultations with Members of Congress in both Chambers, and for allowing the American people time to express their views. We must all weigh the consequences and repercussions of unilateral U.S. action.

As the world’s greatest military power, we must employ our power wisely, and only with good measure. I have every confidence that our U.S. military can perform any task to which they are ordered successfully, and we owe them our deepest respect and gratitude. I also want to thank and acknowledge the government of Russia for early reports we are learning about regarding discussions under way to rid Syria of weapons caches of danger both to Syria as well as our global community.

Both Russia and the United States, as the world’s premier nuclear powers, hold awesome responsibilities to move our world to a more peaceful and stable posture. Surely, we must focus that effort on the very unstable set of states across the Middle East.

Russia and our country both have suffered from terrorist attacks and well understand the consequences of unresolved conflict and terrorists preying on unstable states. My hope is that the Russian initiative gains momentum. And let all nations of goodwill on our globe find a way forward to address the tragic consequences of the Syrian civil war, starting with greater humanitarian assistance to refugees that have flowed into adjoining nations like Jordan and Lebanon and Turkey, straining some of those nations’ abilities to even hold their own internal affairs together. Surely, our world can better address the human suffering that is evident to anyone who’s paying attention. Surely, surely, all reasonable world leaders can find a better way forward for Syria and for us all.”

Kaptur also serves on the House Appropriations Committee, the Defense Subcommittee, and the Financial Services Subcommittee.