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(Senate Resolution) 16 Senators: Syria’s Assad has lost his legitimacy

By Josh Rogin
Many in Congress are getting impatient with what they see as a lack of concrete action by the Obama administration to condemn and punish the Syrian government for its brutal crackdown on civilian protesters. Today, 16 senators are co-sponsoring a resolution calling on the administration to get tough on the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) spearheaded the resolution (PDF) with Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and John McCain (R-AZ). The foursome held a press conference on Wednesday afternoon at the Capitol to announce their new effort and demand that the Obama administration expand its activities to sanction, condemn, and pressure the Syrian government to stop killing civilians in the streets.

“I know that there are some who had hoped when these protests first broke out that Bashar al- Assad would pursue the path of reform rather than the path of violence and brutality. But that has clearly not been his choice. He is not a reformer. He is a thug and a murderer who is pursuing the Qaddafi model, and hopes to get away with it,” said Lieberman.

UPDATE: Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) is now also a co-sponsor of the resolution, bringing the total number of co-sponsors to 17.

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Thank the 17 Co-sponsors:

Mr. LiebermanMr. RubioMr. CardinMr. KirkMr. CaseyMr. McCainMr. CoonsMr. GrahamMr. MenendezMr. KylMr. IsaksonMr. CornynMr. BarrassoMrs. GillibrandMs. AyotteMr. Durbin

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