WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representative Martha Roby (R-AL) today issued the following statement regarding the situation in Syria and the President’s request for an authorization of military force.
“I’m carefully weighing the decision before Congress on Syria. I want to see all the relevant information from our military and intelligence sources, and also listen to the views and concerns of those I represent here in Alabama.
“A vote to authorize the use of military force is a solemn duty, and one I take very seriously. Right now it looks like a vote will take place next week after I will have returned to Washington and been able to take part in more detailed classified briefings. I think that will allow me to make the most informed decision possible.
“Though it does not appear necessary at the moment, I’m prepared to cut our district town hall visits short and reconvene in Washington for classified meetings if that’s what we need to do.
“This is a serious decision that will likely have implications far beyond Syria. No one is even talking about the fact that September 11th is right around the corner. Remember that it was just a year ago that we were caught unprepared in a terrorist attack in this very dangerous part of the world.
“Over the last six months, the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations has been focused on getting to the bottom of the military’s preparedness leading up to the Benghazi attack, and asking what changes have been made to ensure such an attack will never happen again. Now, here we are a week away from 9-11 and the stakes couldn’t be much higher for our next move in the Middle East.
“Before the United States gets involved militarily in this situation, I want to hear a clear plan from our Commander-In-Chief for what happens next. What's the end game, and how will our military involvement help get us there?”
Rep. Roby is currently engaged in a three-week district work period with several town hall meetings and dozens of other visits dedicated to listening to the concerns and views of constituents. At the moment, the “Martha Listens” Town Hall events in Elmore County on Wednesday, September 4, and in Enterprise on Thursday, September 5 are scheduled to go forward.
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WALTON PARK RECREATION CENTER - 122 WALTON PARK DRIVE
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ANDREW BELLE COMMUNITY CENTER - 1270 LAKE STREET
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ROY DRIGGERS BUILDING (CIVIC CENTER) - 126 N. ST. ANDREWS STREET
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WIREGRASS RECREATION CENTER - 620 6TH AVENUE
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HOUSTON COUNTY FARM CENTER - 1701 E. COTTONWOOD ROAD
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NATIONAL GUARD ARMORY - 1842 3RD AVENUE
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DOTHAN UTILITIES COMPLEX - 200 KILGORE DRIVE
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DOUG TEW RECREATION CENTER - 300 GARLAND STREET
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WESTGATE RECREATION CENTER - 501 RECREATION ROAD
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WESLEY MANOR RETIREMENT CENTER - 718 HONEYSUCKLE ROAD
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VAUGHN-BLUMBER CENTER - 2715 FLYNN ROAD
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WIREGRASS COMMONS MALL COMMUNITY ROOM - 900 COMMONS DRIVE