WASHINGTON, DC—Congressman Jim Himes (CT-4) released the following statement regarding President Obama’s request that Congress authorize the use of military force in Syria.

“I am pleased that the President will seek Congressional approval for any United States military action in Syria, as I believe is required by law. I urge the Speaker to call Congress into session immediately to consider the President's request. We must be very clear on the specific objectives and possible consequences of any military action we may pursue. The Syrian civil war is complex and unpredictable, with meaningful risk of regional expansion. I intend to return to Washington tomorrow to attend a classified briefing for Members of Congress and will gather input from my constituents in the days that follow. I will closely consider that input as well as evidence and proposed actions with great care before casting my vote.”