Rep. Jordan: Action in Syria ‘should be debated in Congress’

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanAnti-Trump Republicans better look out — voters might send you packing Trump immigration comments spark chaos in GOP Key conservative presses for shield law after seizure of NYT reporter’s records MORE (R-Ohio) stressed on Thursday that military action in Syria "should be debated in Congress," but acknowledged that Syrian President Bashar Assad's actions in the country "deserves some kind of response."

"It seems to me that you've got to have a debate in Congress, that's what the Constitution clearly spells out. Let's have that debate," Jordan told CNN host Chris Cuomo on "New Day" when asked if lawmakers would assert their constitutional authority on war powers. "Something of this magnitude should be debated."

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President TrumpDonald John Trump20 weeks out from midterms, Dems and GOP brace for surprises Sessions responds to Nazi comparisons: 'They were keeping the Jews from leaving' Kim Jong Un to visit Beijing this week MORE said Monday that his administration would make a response "very quickly" to an apparent chemical attack that killed dozens of civilians in Syria, which the West has pinned on Assad. 

A potential U.S military strike in Syria has raised concerns by lawmakers of both parties, who have cautioned that the executive branch is not constitutionally allowed to declare war.

"But I also understand what Assad did, this is as evil and as wrong as it gets, and it deserves some kind of response," Jordan added, saying that the Founding Fathers envisioned such decisions being weighed in public by elected representatives.

Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersSenate passes 6B defense bill Manchin becomes final Democrat to back bill preventing separation of immigrant families Kasich: There’s a disease in American politics MORE (I-Vt.) warned on Wednesday that Trump "has no legal authority" to broaden U.S. military involvement in the civil war-torn nation, while Sen. Mike LeeMichael (Mike) Shumway LeeTrump plan to claw back billion in spending in peril Senate passes 6B defense bill This week: House GOP caught in immigration limbo MORE (R-Utah) demanded that Trump go to Congress for authorization before making a move.