Kinzinger leads creation of bipartisan congressional caucus on Syria

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Brendan Boyle (D-PA) have formed the Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus, a forum for members of Congress to discuss the conflict and tragedy in Syria, meet with experts and key personnel for further education on the crisis and ultimately advance national and international efforts to bring justice and accountability to Syria.

Since 2011, the Assad regime has killed more than half a million Syrians, the congressmen said.

Kinzinger said the Syrian conflict “will be the greatest humanitarian crisis of our time,” and everything possible must be done in the U.S. House of Representatives to raise awareness about this genocide.

“Congress must not remain silent on the atrocities of the Assad regime and the resulting refugee crisis that has engulfed the Middle East and Europe,” Boyle said.

To bring a lasting and durable peace to the country, Kinzinger said the launch late last month of this caucus is a step toward making an impact.

“And [it’s] an opportunity to shed light on the reality of this war and the crimes against humanity taking place each and every day,” Kinzinger said.

The Friends of a Free, Stable and Democratic Syria Caucus currently has 15 members from both sides of the aisle, including U.S. Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) and Susan Brooks (R-IN).