By Rebecca Shabad - 08/27/13 07:43 PM EDT
Nearly two dozen House members have signed onto a letter demanding President Obama consult Congress — and wait for its authorization — before launching military strikes against Syria.
The congressman also wrote that the president’s decision to authorize the 2011 U.S. military in Libya without Congress’s green light was unconstitutional.
“If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your convenience," he wrote.
Congress is slated to return Sept. 9 but the Obama administration has signalled action against President Bashar Assad may be imminent.
As of Tuesday afternoon, 22 House members had co-signed Rigell’s letter, including one Democrat, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas).
List of co-signers:
Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.)
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Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.)
Rep. Tom Marino (R-Pa.)
Rep. Tom Rooney (R-Fla.)
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.)
Rep. Raul Labrabor (R-Idaho)
Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-Pa.)
Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.)
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Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.)
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Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.)
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Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas)