22 House lawmakers demand say in approving Syria military strike

Nearly two dozen House members have signed onto a letter demanding President Obama consult Congress — and wait for its authorization — before launching military strikes against Syria.

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“Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in the Constitution,” wrote 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.).

The congressman also wrote that the president’s decision to authorize the 2011 U.S. military in Libya without Congress’s green light was unconstitutional.

“If you deem that military action in Syria is necessary, Congress can reconvene at your convenience," he wrote. 

Congress is slated to return Sept. 9 but the Obama administration has signalled action against President Bashar Assad may be imminent.

As of Tuesday afternoon, 22 House members had co-signed Rigell’s letter, including one Democrat, Rep. Beto O’Rourke (Texas). 

List of co-signers:

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.)


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Rep. Raul Labrabor (R-Idaho)

Rep. Joseph Pitts (R-Pa.)

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Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.)

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Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas)

Rigell Letter to Obama Requesting that Congress Approve Action in Syria