Statement of Sen. Alexander - Syria Accountability Act

Posted on November 11, 2003

Today the Senate passed the Syria Accountability Act, a bill to hold the Syrian government accountable for its actions in the Middle East, by a vote of 89 to 4. Syria is listed as a state sponsor of terrorism by the U.S. State Department. The bill provides for President Bush to impose sanctions on Syria, including stopping shipment of U.S. goods (besides food and medicine), restricting the travel of Syrian diplomats in the U.S., and other similar measures. "I had hoped Syria would choose to join the United States in the War on Terror. That has not proven to be the case," said Alexander. "Syria is the only state sponsor of terrorism with which the United States maintains normal diplomatic relations. Not only does Syria harbor terrorists that threaten Israel, but reports indicate that some of the terrorists attacking our troops in Iraq are also coming from Syria. The Syrian government needs to recognize there are consequences for its actions." Alexander co-sponsored the legislation.