WASHINGTON D.C. - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement on Syria:
"Nearly two years ago, President Obama called for Syrian dictator Bashar Assad to go. A year later, the President laid down a clear red line, threatening serious consequences if Assad used or transferred chemical weapons. For months we've seen reports of such use, and today the White House finally confirmed it. It's increasingly clear the President does not have a coherent plan to manage this growing strategic catastrophe.
"Despite the President's rhetoric and red lines, President Assad's brutal assault on his own people and the Syrian conflict has only become more violent.
"I have heard loudly and clearly from our closest partners in the region who are desperate for American leadership. They see the Syrian crisis spinning out of control, empowering Iran, and fueling instability in a critical region.
"My colleagues and I stand ready to work with the President. I call on President Obama to explain to the Congress and the American people his plan to bring this conflict to an end in a manner that protects the interests of the United States and our allies."