Tonight, the House voted to condemn Bashar al Assad for committing war crimes in Syria and to declare the acts by ISIS against Christians and other ethnic minorities as genocide. After the bipartisan vote, Congressman Kinzinger shared the following statement.
WASHINGTON, DC – Tonight, the House voted to condemn Bashar al Assad for committing war crimes in Syria and to declare the acts by ISIS against Christians and other ethnic minorities as genocide. After the bipartisan vote, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) shared the following statement:
"For years, I have called for action in Syria and for a strategy from the White House to defeat ISIS. Tonight, I proudly joined my colleagues in the House by voting to take action against the atrocities happening across the Middle East. Through these important resolutions, the House has spoken with a united voice to the White House and to the world that those suffering at the hands of ISIS and at the hands of Bashar al Assad will not be forgotten, and they are not alone. It is crucial that we as a legislative body condemn the war crimes and crimes against humanity that have already taken the lives of nearly half a million Syrians. And it is crucial that our formal declaration of genocide perpetrated by ISIS is shared by the White House and State Department.
"As I have said before, there is no future for Syria with Assad and ISIS present. The United States needs to remember its role as the “shining city on a hill” that provides hope to all, and employ strong leadership to defeat these threats in the Middle East. Tonight, the House has taken an important step to increase awareness for the atrocities in the Middle East and towards ending the violence and murders that ravage the region. I sincerely hope the White House and our allies will follow suit."