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

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanOvernight Health Care: DOJ charges doctors over illegal opioid prescriptions | Cummings accuses GOP of obstructing drug pricing probe | Sanders courts Republican voters with 'Medicare for All' | Dems probe funding of anti-abortion group Cummings accuses Oversight Republicans of obstructing drug price probe Schumer staffer-turned-wrestling coach focus of new documentary 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 TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction 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) SandersGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Five former Obama ambassadors back Buttigieg Both sides were wrong about Mueller report, and none of it will likely matter for 2020 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 LeeDems sound alarm over top DOJ nominee Restore Pell Grant eligibility to people in prison Former Democratic aide pleads guilty to doxing GOP senators attending Kavanaugh hearing MORE (R-Utah) demanded that Trump go to Congress for authorization before making a move.