Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement on the Obama Administration’s confirmation of evidence that the Assad regime in Syria has used chemical weapons:

“Today’s announcement comes after similar assessments from the French and British governments.  The Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons against its own people is abhorrent, but comes as no surprise given its demonstrated brutality. Use of chemical weapons can never be accepted. This new information only solidifies my belief in the urgency of seeing the Syrian opposition succeed.  Tomorrow, I will be briefed on the Syria situation by Secretary Kerry.  At that briefing, I will ask the Secretary to explain the Administration’s new plans in Syria.”