Rep. Matt Gaetz

VIDEO: Rep. Matt Gaetz Slams ‘Forever Wars’ Vows To Keep Fighting To Bring Troops Home

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (Screengrab from speech below)

Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-01) released the following statement regarding the final vote by the House of Representatives on his resolution, the Syrian War Powers Resolution.

The privileged War Powers Resolution, if passed, would have directed President Joe Biden to remove all troops from Syria.

Unfortunately, the resolution was not adopted by a vote of 103-321, with support from 47 Republicans and 56 Democrats.

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“There is no role for the United States of America in Syria. We are not a Middle Eastern power. We have tried to build a democracy out of sand, blood, and Arab militias. Time and again, the work we do does not reduce chaos. Oftentimes, it causes chaos – the very chaos that then subsequently leads to terrorism. While today’s vote may have failed, my fight to end forever wars and bring our troops home has only just begun,” said Congressman Gaetz.

Rep. Chip Roy (TX-21) said, “I very much believe that the gentleman from Florida has brought something forward using privileged tools that we have here in the in the body, and that we should take that under consideration. We should support the resolution that gentleman has brought forward. If we have concerns, we should then have a debate. A full-throated debate about the use of military force and our men and women in uniform in Syria.”

The Defense Department first deployed troops to Syria to fight the Islamic State group in 2014.

That conflict also saw the return of U.S. forces to Iraq. U.S. troops have remained stationed in both countries under a 2001 military authorization.

To view Rep. Matt Gaetz’s full statement, watch below:

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