What our MoCs said about Syria in 2013 vs. 2017

First of all:

A-men to that. We are not Syria experts. But we do know a thing or two about our Members of Congress, and their tendency to contradict themselves depending on who happens to be president at the time. Assad has used chemical weapons before, in 2013, and Obama considered responding with a military strike. We’ll update this post as more lawmakers issue statements.

Sen. John Cornyn




Sen. Ted Cruz


“I emphatically condemn Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his people, and all Americans mourn the loss of innocent lives in Syria’s civil war.

But I do not believe a limited airstrike, as proposed by the president, will lead to success or improve conditions in Syria. There are other actions we can and should take to confront this atrocity, starting with forcing a vote in the U.N. Security Council condemning Assad for this attack; doing so would unify the world against the regime and expose China’s and Russia’s support for this tyrant.”

Source: Ted Cruz: Why I’ll vote no on Syria strike, Washington Post


“Any military action in Syria must be justified as protecting the vital national security interests of America – including decisive action to prevent chemical weapons from falling into the hands of radical Islamic terrorists,” Cruz said in a statement.

“I look forward to our Commander-in-Chief making the case to Congress and the American people how we should do so in the coming days,” Cruz said.

Source: Cruz: Trump should make the case for military action in Syria (The Hill)


Rep. Michael McCaul (TX-10)


“Any U.S. military strikes against the Assad Regime will also benefit the extremists fighting him who will undoubtedly use Assad’s weapons against American allies and interests and possibly even our homeland if given the chance.”

Source: Chairman McCaul Statement at Full Committee Hearing: Crisis in Syria: Implications for Homeland Security


“I commend President Trump’s decisive actions in Syria and fundamentally believe that the United States cannot and must not accept the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime on innocent civilians to become the norm. While the U.S. would prefer a political rather than a military solution to this conflict, the fact remains that you cannot negotiate with tyrants. Passiveness in Syria is what has exacerbated this situation and allowed for adversaries such as Russia and Iran to exert their influence at the expense of U.S. national security, all the while allowing ISIS to flourish. Tonight’s military strikes in Syria are a signal to the world that the days of blank threats are long gone and under this Administration credibility will be restored.”

Source: McCaul Statement on Military Strikes in Syria

Rep. Bill Flores (TX-17)


“President Obama did not lay out a compelling case that Syria represents a clear and present danger to the U.S., nor that military operations in Syria are in the strategic interests of our country. There continues to be a lack of a comprehensive strategy to commit the U.S. military to intervene in Syria’s civil war. In addition, few Americans have confidence in the president’s diplomatic and military initiatives in the Middle East as evidenced by the administration’s failures in Iran, Iraq, Egypt and Libya.”

Source: Flores Responds to Presidential Address on Syria

Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21)


“If the House were to vote today on launching military strikes against Syria, I and a majority of Members would vote ‘no.’

“Over the last two weeks, I have spoken with hundreds of constituents who are overwhelmingly opposed to a military attack on Syria. I have received over 2,000 emails, letters, and phone calls from constituents and 95% oppose attacking Syria.

“I share my constituents’ concerns. We should not commit our Armed Forces to an uncertain goal, with few allies, and no friends in another country’s civil war. The President said on August 31 that ‘we cannot resolve the underlying conflict with our military.’ That’s a reason to oppose military action, not endorse it.”

Source: Smith Opposes Military Strike on Syria

Rep. Roger Williams (TX-25)


“It is not the responsibility of our men and women in uniform to risk their lives and enforce the president’s red line when our own national security is not at stake.”


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Rep. John Carter (TX-31)


U.S. Rep. John Carter (R-Round Rock) said Monday in Killeen that he was waiting to find out what the federal government really knows about the situation. “I think we all as members of Congress owe a duty to the American people to get all the information and find out where the intelligence comes from,” he said. “Quite honestly, we’ve had some bad situations in the past on intelligence.”

Source: Austin Congressman Opposes Military Action in Syria (KUT)

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (TX-35)


“The President is right to explore international control of Syria’s chemical weapons and to postpone any Congressional action. This is a challenging approach but better than a go-it-alone strike that effectively leaves Assad controlling all of those chemical weapons. I do not support authorizing an American attack that could entangle us in a bloody, costly regional conflict.”

Source: Where Lawmakers Stand on Military Action in Syria (NY Times)

How Your Voices Made a Difference Last Week: Feb. 19, 2017

Here’s how your voices made a difference last week.

  • National Security Adviser (and Islamophobe) Michael Flynn resigned amid proof that he discussed U.S. sanctions against Russia with Russian intelligence prior to Donald taking office, and lied about it to the VP and the FBI. Subsequent findings showed that many in the Republican administration have had contact with Russian intelligence as long ago as a year. Heat is rising from the spotlight this shines on the Republican administration, and many are calling for a full investigation into Flynn, Donald Trump, and this admin’s Russian ties.
  • Tax swindler and immigration hypocrite Andrew Puzder withdrew as the Labor Secretary nominee largely thanks to public outcry that turned four GOP senators against his nomination. Moderate Republicans look to finally be beginning to take a stand against Donald.
  • GOP Senator John McCain is amping up his opposition to Donald and his admin with a withering critique in a speech in Munich Friday, and calling Donald’s attempts to discredit the media “how dictators get started.”
These are the first real signs of breaks between the Republican administration and the Republican Congress–so it’s more important than ever to keep the heat on your Members of Congress.

CALLS TO ACTION for Friday, Jan. 27!


REMINDER! Many Indivisible folks will be heading to Temple this afternoon to join the Bell County Democrats in a protest outside the Convention Center where Sen. Cornyn is the key speaker.

There aren’t many opportunities for action against our senators directly, so come if you can make it! With Trump’s latest talk about walls and tariffs getting pushback from Texas Republicans, this is a perfect time to encourage them to defy the White House! Check out the the event page (where you can probably find a carpool if you need it!):


IF YOU CAN’T MAKE IT TO TEMPLE, you can still CALL Cornyn’s office and your rep’s office!

Trump has really put Texas Republicans in a tough spot. Economists expect any tariff on Mexico to negatively impact the Texas economy. Many of them are already considering opposing him on this. This is just the kind of issue that can drive a wedge between Trump and Congressional Republicans, so we’ve got to let our reps know that we want them to defy him!

CALL SEN. CORNYN and YOUR REP and ask them to oppose any Trump plan for financing the wall that negatively impacts the Texas economy!


“Hello, my name is ______________ and I am a constituent of [Sen. Cornyn or YOUR REP]. I’m calling to ask him to OPPOSE the 20% tariff on Mexican imports and any other plan that asks Texans to unfairly bear the burden of paying for Trump’s wall. Texas officials and businesses AGREE that this plan would threaten Texas jobs, weaken the Texas economy and drive up the cost of living for Texas families. I’m counting on my representatives to put the interests of their constituents first. Thank you.”


Sen. John Cornyn
Central Texas office: (512) 469-6034
Washington, DC office: (202) 224-2934

Congressional District 10
Congressman Michael McCaul
Austin office: 512-473-2357

Congressional District 17
Congressman Bill Flores
Austin office: (512) 373-3378

Congressional District 21
Congressman Lamar Smith
Austin office: (512) 912-7508

Congressional District 25
Congressman Roger Williams
Austin office: (512) 473-8910

Congressional District 31
Congressman John Carter
Austin office: (512) 246-1600

Congressional District 35
Congressman Lloyd Doggett
Austin office: (512) 916-5921

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