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

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanNellie Ohr exercises spousal privilege in meeting with House panels Meadows calls on Rosenstein to resign 'immediately' Republicans should prepare for Nancy Pelosi to wield the gavel 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 TrumpCorker: US must determine responsibility in Saudi journalist's death Five takeaways from testy Heller-Rosen debate in Nevada Dem senator calls for US action after 'preposterous' Saudi explanation 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) SandersElection Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue Bernie Sanders' age should not disqualify him in 2020 Small-dollar donations explode in the Trump era 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 LeeSenators pledge action on Saudi journalist’s disappearance Bernie Sanders: US should pull out of war in Yemen if Saudis killed journalist Senators warn Trump that Saudi relationship is on the line MORE (R-Utah) demanded that Trump go to Congress for authorization before making a move.