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This letter was sent by OpenCongress user DanHerrera92 on November 09, 2012 in support of H.R.5993 Syria Non-Intervention Act of 2012.
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H.R.5993 Syria Non-Intervention Act of 2012

I am writing as your constituent in the 13th Congressional district of New Jersey. I am writing as your constituent in the 13th Congressional district of New Jersey. I am writing as your constituent in the 13th Congressional district of New Jersey. I support H.R.5993 - Syria Non-Intervention Act of 2012.

Sincerely, Daniel Herrera

This letter was a reply from the office of Robert Menendez on November 09, 2012.
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This letter was a reply from the office of Frank R. Lautenberg on November 09, 2012.
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Thank you for contacting me. Your comments are important to me and I wanted to confirm with you that I have received your message.

Please feel free to contact me again should you have additional concerns or if there is any way in which I can be of assistance.

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Sincerely, Senator Frank R. Lautenberg

This letter was a reply from the office of Robert Menendez on November 13, 2012.
Response from Senator Menendez

Dear Mr. Herrera:

Thank you for contacting me to express your concerns regarding the conditions on the ground in Syria. I appreciate hearing your views on this important matter and having the opportunity to respond. I believe the Syrian regime poses a threat not only to those living within its borders, but to the international community committed to upholding human rights and civil liberties.

I am deeply troubled by the ongoing unrest in Syria, and was proud to cosponsor S.Res. 435, which supports the efforts of the United States to continue to provide non-lethal support, including communications equipment to organizations in Syria that: are representative of the people of Syria, make demonstrable efforts to protect human rights and religious freedom, reject terrorism, cooperate with international counterterrorism and nonproliferation efforts, and abstain from destabilizing neighboring countries, among other provisions.

The resolution strongly condemns the Governments of the Russian Federation and the Islamic Republic of Iran for providing military and security equipment to the Government of Syria, and strongly urges all Governments, including those that have provided military and security equipment to the Government of Syria in the past to refrain from providing any additional military or security assistance to the Government of Syria.

The legitimate aspirations of the Syrian people cannot be realized so long as Bashar al-Assad remains in power, and I believe he must step aside in order for Syria to transition to a just, representative, and inclusive government selected by the people of Syria. The resolution calls upon the League of Arab States, the United Nations, the Friends of the Syrian People, and other interested international bodies to continue to exert maximum diplomatic pressure for Assad to step aside and for a political transition in Syria, and it is my sincere hope that through multilateral efforts we will be able to influence a positive change in Syria.

Again, thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Rest assured that I will remain committed to holding the Syrian government accountable for its reprehensible actions, and continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to support those suffering under brutal and oppressive regimes. I invite you to visit my website (http://menendez.senate.gov ) to learn more about how I am standing up for New Jersey families in the United States Senate.

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This letter was a reply from the office of Frank R. Lautenberg on January 03, 2013.
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Dear Mr. Herrera:

Thank you for contacting me regarding the ?Syria Non-Intervention Act of 2012? (H.R. 5993). I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

In March 2011, large protests began in Syria against the government of President Bashar al-Assad. Brutal crackdowns against these protesters by Syrian security forces have led to thousands of deaths and injuries. On February 6, 2012, the U.S. State Department announced that it has suspended operations at the U.S. embassy in Syria. In March 2012, the Syrian government agreed to implement a U.N.-Arab League peace plan. Despite this agreement, violence in the country has continued.

This bill would prohibit funds provided to the Department of Defense (DoD) or the U.S. intelligence community from being used to support, directly or indirectly, military or paramilitary operations in Syria, unless Congress passes a declaration of war against Syria. This bill was referred to the House Committees on Armed Services and Intelligence.

Currently, no companion legislation to this bill has been introduced in Senate. Please be assured that I will keep your views in mind should the Senate consider this or similar legislation in the future. Thank you again for contacting me.

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