“The American people deserve to have this decision debated and made in the open with all the facts and arguments laid out for public review and debate, followed by a congressional vote,” he said.

He said if President Obama believes action in Syria must happen, he should immediately call Congress back into session. Members return from August recess Sept. 9.

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Nadler did not make clear in his statement his position on action in Syria if it were to come to a vote.

He voted against the U.S. invasion of Iraq during the George W. Bush administration.