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September 10, 2014

Thompson Statement on President's Primetime Address

(WASHINGTON) – Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement in reaction to President Obama's primetime address to the nation on the United States' strategy to degrade and destroy ISIL:

The threat from ISIL is legitimate and serious – and it is evident that protecting the United States and its interests from this dangerous organization should not be a partisan issue. While I appreciate the President for outlining a strategy for dismantling the organization, both Congress and the executive branch should understand the situation in Syria is complex, challenging, and fluid. As we pursue action, we must make sure we thoroughly vet our Syrian allies and ensure our intelligence and information sharing efforts with our international coalition partners are robust and reciprocated.

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