WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Robert Hurt (R-Virginia) released the following statement after voting in favor of H. Con. Res. 75, which expresses the sense of Congress that the atrocities perpetrated by the Islamic State against religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria, including Christians, Yezidis, Kurds, and other groups, include war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide:
"The congressionally mandated deadline for the Obama Administration to make a judgement on whether the Islamic State is committing genocide is March 17, but there is no question that this radical Islamic organization has deliberately perpetrated unspeakable acts of terror against innocent people. There is no doubt it has committed horrific crimes against humanity, and it should not take the Administration three more days to reach this conclusion. While the President repeatedly continues to shirk his constitutional responsibility to present a thorough strategy to defeat the Islamic State, the House of Representatives continues to focus on our national security and stands resolute against this radical terrorist organization. I remain committed to doing everything within my power to maintain our national security and to protect American lives from the scourge of terror."