Mast Amendment To Ensure Administration Reports To
Congress on Syrian Conflict Passes Foreign Affairs Committee
U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (FL-18) introduced an amendment to the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act of 2017, H.R. 1677, to ensure that the Administration reports to Congress on important aspects of military strategy. The Amendment was adopted unanimously and the bill was passed by the Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday.
“While the President is evaluating the benefits of further military action in Syria, it is critical that Congress has the information needed to uphold our constitutional responsibility,” Rep. Mast said. “My amendment directs the Administration to report on the goals and benefits of specific military strategies.”
H.R. 1677 directs the Administration to report to Congress on the potential protection to the Syrian people of establishing a no-fly zone.
With the adoption of this amendment, the Administration is directed to include in a report to Congress:
Identifying who the ground forces are in Syria we are partnering with;
The center of gravity for both partners and adversaries;
Their capabilities, requirements and vulnerabilities;
What the Administration’s strategy does to mitigate the vulnerabilities of our partners;
And how success should be measured.