The House of Representatives passed a resolution on Wednesday, condemning President Donald Trumps decision to withdraw American forces from Syria.
The resolution stated that the House was “opposing the decision to end certain United States efforts to prevent Turkish military operations against Syrian Kurdish forces in Northeast Syria.”
The resolution passed 354-60.
All the votes opposing the measure came from Republicans. Certain Republicans voted to approve the measure, including Reps. Troy Balderson (R-Ohio), Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Penn.).
Rep. Justin Amash (I-Mich.), who left the Republican Party earlier this year, and three GOP lawmakers, Reps. Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), Jody Hice (R-Ga.), and Chip Roy (R-Texas) voted present rather than for or against. Fourteen lawmakers didnt vote, including Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), and Dan Bishop (R-N.C.).
The resolution was introduced by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) with support from Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.). Eight other representatives signed on, including Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.).
The resolution praised Kurds for fighting “courageously with the United States against the brutality of ISIS throughout Syria.” It said Turkey “has historically threatened, forcibly displaced, and killed Syrian Kurds.”
It noted the White House announced on Oct. 6 that U.S. forces would be leaving northern Syria. On Oct. 10, Turkey invaded Syria. Later that day, the White House said in a statement: “the United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea.”
Lawmakers also expressed concerns about the numerous captured ISIS fighters held in Syria as well as an estimated 70,000 women and children detained at displaced person camps in Syria.
Congress “calls on Turkish President Erdogan to immediately cease unilateral military action in Northeast Syria and to respect existing agreements relating to Syria” and “calls on the United States to continue supporting Syrian Kurdish communities through humanitarian support, including to those displaced or otherwise affected by ongoing violence in Syria,” according to the resolution.
Speaking before the resolution passed, Engel said, “The President gave Erdogan the green light to charge into Northern Syria—unleashing what has become a brutal campaign of violence against the Syrian Kurds.”
“The President gave Erdogan the green light to charge into Northern Syria—unleashing what has become a brutal campaign of violence against the Syrian Kurds.”
— House Foreign Affairs Committee (@HouseForeign) October 16, 2019
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