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Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Liz Cheney (Wyoming)

Washington – Today, Wyoming Congresswoman and House GOP Conference Chair Liz Cheney (WY-AL) and over 90 of her Republican colleagues in the House introduced legislation that seeks to impose sanctions against Turkey in response to Ankara’s military offensive against U.S.-allied Kurdish forces in Northern Syria. This comes after an announcement last week that Rep. Cheney and her colleagues were taking this step and would be proposing a bill that followed the efforts of Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) in the Senate. 

The legislation can be found here and viewed below. Prior to the public release of the bill’s text, Rep. Cheney delivered the following remarks regarding the unfolding situation in Syria:

“We are very focused on what’s happening in Syria and Turkey. The situation in Syria today remains serious, remains grave. We will have a bill that we’ll be introducing today—Leader McCarthy, Whip Scalise, and I, and over 70 of our colleagues—sanctioning Turkey. We’ve been working very closely with the Senate, working very closely across the aisle as well, but it’s very important to recognize the impact, in particular, that the Turks now are in a situation where we risk the resurgence of ISIS, where the Turks have gone in and we see evidence of atrocities being committed, and where our allies, the Kurds, frankly, are facing what looks like a betrayal from the United States that could have very negative consequences and impacts for us globally.
 
“We’re going to continue to work with the President, we’ll be meeting with him this afternoon, but it is something we are very focused on from the perspective of the security of the nation, with respect to ISIS, as well as the extent to which America’s security globally depends upon our allies recognizing that we will stand with them and the extent to which the United States has played, since the end of World War II, a very important and unique role in terms of guaranteeing freedom, peace, prosperity, and security around the globe.

“That is the right thing to do, we are the only ones who can do it and if we step away from that role, if we go down the path that’s been suggested by Senator Paul and others, into isolationism then others will fill that void and we are going to face a possibility of living in a world where America’s not setting the rules, but our adversaries—the Chinese, the Russians, the Iranians—are setting the rules and that is not a world anybody wants to live in. So it’s very important that we make sure that we maintain America’s global engagement and that we consider the costs of inaction, we consider the costs of having to go back into situations where we’ve withdrawn from. We do not want to repeat the mistakes of the Obama era, which created the mess that we have inherited.”

In addition to Rep. Cheney, the following House Republicans have signed on to this sanctions legislation as original co-sponsors:

  • Republican Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy
  • Republican Whip Rep. Steve Scalise
  • HASC Ranking Member Rep. Mac Thornberry
  • Rep. Ralph Abraham
  • Rep. Kelly Armstrong
  • Rep. Jodey Arrington
  • Rep. Brian Babin
  • Rep. Don Bacon
  • Rep. Troy Balderson
  • Rep. Jim Banks
  • Rep. Andy Barr
  • Rep. Jack Bergman
  • Rep. Gus Bilirakis
  • Rep. Susan Brooks
  • Rep. Larry Buschon
  • Rep. Tedd Budd
  • Rep. Michael Burgess
  • Rep. Bradley Byrne
  • Rep. Ken Calvert
  • Rep. Buddy Carter
  • Rep. Ben Cline
  • Rep. Doug Collins
  • Rep. Paul Cook
  • Rep. Rick Crawford
  • Rep. Dan Crenshaw
  • Rep. John Curtis
  • Rep. Rodney Davis
  • Rep. Scott DesJarlais
  • Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart
  • Rep. Tom Emmer
  • Rep. Ron Estes
  • Rep. Drew Ferguson
  • Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick
  • Rep. Jeff Fortenberry
  • Rep. Mike Gallagher
  • Rep. Greg Gianforte
  • Rep. Bob Gibbbs
  • Rep. Anthony Gonzalez
  • Rep. Garret Graves
  • Rep. Mark Green
  • Rep. Brett Guthrie
  • Rep. Jim Hagedorn
  • Rep. Vicky Hartzler
  • Rep. Clay Higgins
  • Rep. French Hill
  • Rep. George Holding
  • Rep. Richard Hudson
  • Rep. Bill Huizenga
  • Rep. Duncan Hunter
  • Rep. Will Hurd
  • Rep. Bill Johnson
  • Rep. Mike Johnson
  • Rep. John Katko
  • Rep. Pete King
  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger
  • Rep. Darin LaHood
  • Rep. Doug LaMalfa
  • Rep. Doug Lamborn
  • Rep. Bob Latta
  • Rep. Debbie Lesko
  • Rep. Billy Long
  • Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer
  • Rep. Roger Marshall
  • Rep. Patrick McHenry
  • Rep. David McKinley
  • Rep. Carol Miller 
  • Rep. Paul Mitchell
  • Rep. John Moolenaar
  • Rep. Dan Newhouse
  • Rep. Pete Olson
  • Rep. Gary Palmer
  • Rep. John Ratcliffe
  • Rep. Guy Reschenthaler
  • Rep. Denver Riggleman
  • Rep. Martha Roby
  • Rep. Phil Roe
  • Rep. Mike Rogers
  • Rep. Francis Rooney
  • Rep. John Rose
  • Rep. David Rouzer
  • Rep. Chip Roy
  • Rep. John Rutherford
  • Rep. David Schweikert
  • Rep. Ross Spano
  • Rep. Pete Stauber
  • Rep. Elise Stefanik
  • Rep. Bryan Steil
  • Rep. Greg Steube
  • Rep. Steve Stivers
  • Rep. William Timmons
  • Rep. Scott Tipton
  • Rep. Mike Turner
  • Rep. Fred Upton
  • Rep. Ann Wagner
  • Rep. Tim Walberg
  • Rep. Greg Walden
  • Rep. Mark Walker
  • Rep. Jackie Walorski
  • Rep. Michael Waltz
  • Rep. Randy Weber
  • Rep. Brad Wenstrup
  • Rep. Joe Wilson
  • Rep. Rob Wittman
  • Rep. Steve Womack
  • Rep. Rob Woodall 

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