Washington, DC – Rep. Ron DeSantis (FL-06), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and an officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve, opposed the McKeon Amendment to the continuing resolution (CR) that authorizes aid to Islamist rebels in Syria when it passed the House today. DeSantis issued the following statement:

"Congress failed to do anything to protect our nation from terrorist infiltration by the thousands of U.S. citizens and citizens of western nations who have joined ISIS.  Nor did Congress do anything that would interdict the financing of ISIS or authorize our armed forces to destroy the personnel, equipment, and bases of ISIS.  Instead, Congress authorized the President to give U.S. weapons to mujahideen fighters in Syria, the so-called moderate Islamist rebels.  These mujahideen fighters are not dependable allies and will use the weapons to pursue their own interests.  We cannot subcontract out our national security policies to Islamist rebels.  The President's strategy is insufficient to achieve success."

Watch DeSantis– floor speech speaking out against this amendment by clicking here