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

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDOJ, Commerce slam House Dems contempt vote as 'political stunt' White House blasts 'shameful and cynical' Barr, Ross contempt vote House votes to hold Trump Cabinet members Barr, Ross in contempt 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 TrumpCould Donald Trump and Boris Johnson be this generation's Reagan-Thatcher? Merkel backs Democratic congresswomen over Trump How China's currency manipulation cheats America on trade 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 SandersBernie SandersBiden leads, Warren and Sanders tied for second in new poll Analysis: Harris, Buttigieg and Trump lead among California donations The Hill's Morning Report: Trump walks back from 'send her back' chants 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 LeeOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Health care moves to center stage of Democratic primary fight | Sanders, Biden trade sharps jabs on Medicare for All | Senate to vote on 9/11 bill next week | Buttigieg pushes for cheaper insulin Senate to vote on 9/11 victims bill on Tuesday Meghan McCain slams Rand Paul over blocking 9/11 compensation funding: 'This is a disgrace' MORE (R-Utah) demanded that Trump go to Congress for authorization before making a move.