Jan 31 2019

Graham Backs Conditions for Withdrawal From Syria, Afghanistan

WASHINGTON – Today, the Senate invoked cloture on a measure, cosponsored by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), that emphasizes the importance of conditions for withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan.

The Senate voted 68-23 to advance the amendment, and the measure is expected to pass next week to be included in S.1, the Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle East Act of 2019, a bill that supports Israel and counters the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement, as well as sanctions those responsible for atrocities in Syria.

Graham said: 

“I appreciate Senator McConnell’s amendment acknowledging the gains made by our forces, our partners, and our allies in Afghanistan and Syria under President Trump’s leadership.

“I also appreciate the strong vote urging the President to be deliberate and ensure any withdrawal is based on conditions on the ground – unlike the decision made by President Obama.