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Reps. Van Taylor, Tom Malinowski Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Prevent Troop Reduction in Syria

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Washington, January 30, 2019 | Anna R. Vetter ((202) 570-0927) | comments
Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX-03) and Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NY-07) introduce the Responsible Withdrawal From Syria Act.
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Today, Congressman Van Taylor (R-TX-03) joined Democrat Congressman Tom Malinowski (D-NY-07) to introduce legislation aimed at protecting our nation’s interests abroad.

Authored by Congressman Van Taylor and Congressman Tom Malinowski, the Responsible Withdrawal From Syria Act prohibits the use of funds to draw down U.S. troop presence in Syria below 1,500 unless and until the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of State, and the Director of National Intelligence submit a report to Congress addressing critical concerns.

Congressman Van Taylor, the Republican lead of the Responsible Withdrawal From Syria Act, stated, “While every effort should be made to reach lasting solutions through diplomacy, the reality remains that the United States must stand ready to protect our interests and the security of our allies in the Middle East. We must also ensure that our actions don’t contribute to a resurgence of terrorism in the region or to the expanded influence of malign foreign actors like Iran or Russia in Syria. I led a Marine reconnaissance platoon in Iraq where we lived the creed, “leave no one behind.” This applies not only to Americans fighting overseas but also to those fighting with us for the cause.”

Congressman Taylor also introduced the United States and Republic of Korea Alliance Support Act with Congressman Tom Malinowski. The legislation limits the use of federal funds to reduce the total number of Armed Forces serving on active duty in the Republic of Korea below 22,000 unless the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of State, and the Director of National Intelligence submit a report to Congress.

The full text of the Responsible Withdrawal From Syria Act can be found here and the text of the United States and Republic of Korea Alliance Support Act can be found here.

A 7th generation Texan, Congressman Van Taylor is a dedicated family man, successful businessman, and decorated Marine Officer. Taylor served Collin County both in the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate. On November 6, 2018, Van Taylor was elected to represent Texas’ 3rd Congressional District in the United States Congress.

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