Amash: Syria authorization vote would fail

“Why don't Pres Obama & leaders in Washington want Congress to vote on attacking #Syria? Because the vote would fail,” Amash tweeted.

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The letter, which is being led by Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.), argues that it would be unconstitutional for President Obama to launch military action in Syria without prior congressional approval.

“Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution,” the lawmakers wrote.

At 3 p.m. Wednesday, 107 lawmakers had signed onto the letter, including 16 Democrats.

An aide to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday that the White House must consult with Congress before taking military action but did not raise the possibility of Congress returning for a vote to authorization military intervention in Syria.

In July, the House passed by voice vote an amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill that restricting funds for military action in Syria if the action was inconsistent with the War Powers Act.