Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued the following statement as the Obama Administration considers its response to the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime:

“The Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons is beyond the pale.  The United States has deep national security interests in Syria and the region.  The President has said this is a ‘redline.’ He is now proposing to put action behind his words.

“Any U.S. military action could bring serious consequences or further escalation.  The President should be making the case to the American public, and his Administration should come to Congress to explain their plans.  The consequences are too great for Congress to be brushed aside.”