“This is the process by which we should follow, not because they are doing it but because that is what our Constitution requires,” Rigell said.
The Obama administration is slated to hold a briefing with leaders in Congress later Thursday to present evidence of chemical weapons use.
Already, more than 100 members of Congress, including at least 20 Democrats, have signed on to Rigell’s proposal that calls any strike without prior congressional authorization unconstitutional.
Rigell said he is encouraged by Obama and said the administration seems to be “slowing down just a bit.” He said it would be a sign of strength if Obama gained congressional approval.
Earlier Thursday, Sen. Ted CruzTed CruzSenate passes dozens of bills on way out of town Senate passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown Senate advances funding measure, avoiding shutdown MORE (R-Texas) also mocked the lack of debate in the United States.
Cruz tweeted out a screen-shot of the British parliament debating military strikes, accompanied by the words “Nonstop Web coverage.” Underneath, a photo of an empty U.S. Senate chamber represents the “Syria debate in US Congress.”