Cruz mocks lack of debate in Congress over Syria strikes

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) criticized the lack of congressional debate on Syria with a one-word tweet Thursday: “unacceptable.” 

The tweet accompanies 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.”

The tweet comes as the Tea Party has taken the lead in demanding that Congress be called back into session to authorize any action in Syria, as is happening in Great Britain. Some 116 House members, most of them conservative Republicans, wrote to President Obama on Wednesday demanding that Congress sign off before the Obama administration launches a military strike.

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Cruz is a leading critic of U.S. involvement in foreign conflicts. He was one of 13 Republicans who voted in favor of an amendment by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) last month that would have cut off $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Egypt after the army cracked down on pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters.

The Tea Party's developing leadership on Syria has been a point of pride for lawmakers affiliated with the movement. 

“More than a quarter of all House lawmakers demand Congress approve military strike on Syria,” wrote Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) spokesman Donny Ferguson in a tweet accompanied by the hashtags tcot (top conservatives on Twitter), teaparty and gop.

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