“The American people deserve to have this decision debated and made in the open with all the facts and arguments laid out for public review and debate, followed by a congressional vote,” he said.

He said if President Obama believes action in Syria must happen, he should immediately call Congress back into session. Members return from August recess Sept. 9.

Sixteen House Democrats have signed on to a letter making the same argument. More than 100 members of Congress have signed the letter spearheaded by Rep. Scott RigellEdward (Scott) Scott RigellGOP rushes to embrace Trump GOP lawmaker appears in Gary Johnson ad Some in GOP say Trump has gone too far MORE (R-Va.).

But Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.), a former chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, earlier this week said Obama did not need authorization from Congress to strike Syria.

Obama and Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryThe Memo: Democrats confront prospect of long primary Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal GOP senators press State Department for Hunter Biden, Burisma records MORE said earlier this week they have been consulting with members who have an interest in the situation.

Defense Secretary Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy HagelAlmost 100 former officials, members of Congress urge Senate action on election security GOP Senate candidate said Republicans have 'dual loyalties' to Israel White House aide moves to lobbying firm MORE, National Intelligence Director James Clapper, and National Security Adviser Susan Rice are expected to brief members Thursday evening, according to multiple reports.

Nadler did not make clear in his statement his position on action in Syria if it were to come to a vote.

He voted against the U.S. invasion of Iraq during the George W. Bush administration.