Newhouse Reacts to Iranian Missile Attacks on U.S. Bases in Iraq

January 8, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Following a classified briefing by the Administration, Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA) released the following statement, reacting to the Iranian missile attacks on U.S. air bases in Iraq and the ongoing security efforts in the Middle East since the death of Qasem Soleimani:

“This week, President Trump took action to promote peace through strength and demonstrate to the world that the United States will not stand for Iranian terrorist threats or actions like those of Soleimani and the Iranian regime. Our military is the best in the world, and they stand ready to protect and defend our country and our allies against threats and violence.

I am grateful for the Administration briefing my colleagues and me this afternoon. There were no casualties among American soldiers or Iraqi security forces resulting from Iran’s retaliatory strikes, and while it appears threats of retaliation have subsided, Congress must stay vigilant and informed should further action by the U.S. be required.

The actions of this past week make clear: Our nation should be united in our gratitude for our courageous troops and intelligence personnel who are keeping our citizens safe.  I will not support a War Powers resolution that weakens the American military or hinders our ability to fight against murderous terrorist leaders. The U.S. should continue to fulfill its reputation as an international force to be reckoned with while we work to promote peace throughout the Middle East.”