For Immediate Release
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GRAND RAPIDS, MICH., December 18, 2019 – Candidate for Congress in MI-3, Lynn Afendoulis, released the following statement regarding Congressman Amash’s vote against the Defense Spending bill earlier this week that the president will sign today.
“This vote is another example of how Justin Amash is letting his constituents down. He sided with AOC and the rest of The Squad rather than being a voice for West Michigan. The people of the third district believe that we need to be sanctioning war criminals for their atrocities rather then letting them get off the hook. Amash’s failure to support this effort is shameful,” said Lynn Afendoulis.
Congress Prepares to Hit Assad With New Sanctions for War Crimes
December 16, 2019
The bipartisan sanctions package, five years in the making and expected to pass the Senate on Tuesday, is set to enact biting punishments on the Syrian government, Russia and Iran.
More than five years ago, an unusual whistle-blower approached Congress: a Syrian military photographer. Fleeing Damascus, he smuggled out tens of thousands of gruesome photographs documenting evidence of war crimes perpetrated by the Syrian government.
Now, citing that photographer’s work, lawmakers are on the verge of moving past years of legislative tussles and dead ends and imposing biting new sanctions on the administration of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria for human rights abuses committed during the country’s eight-year civil war.
A provision known as the Caesar Act — named for the photographer, code-named Caesar — is included in a giant must-pass military policy bill that the Senate is expected to pass on Tuesday, which would clear the way for an expected signature from President Trump.
The Caesar Act would place additional financial restrictions not only on the government but on major parts of Syria’s economy until there is accountability for the victims of war crimes. And it would penalize private companies or governments that do business with the Syrian government — including Russia and Iran, which have been major backers of Mr. Assad.
Lynn is running for Congress because she believes we are fighting for the very fabric of who and what we are–the things that President Trump is fighting for and that attracted her grandparents to this country. She wants to protect the rule of law and represent the people of the 3rd District in a way that they’ve been yearning for – with integrity, engagement, and effectiveness. And to show her children that this is all worth fighting for.