Cruz mocks lack of debate in Congress over Syria strikes

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias GOP lawmaker delays House for second week GOP lawmaker delays House for second week MORE (R-Texas) criticized the lack of congressional debate on Syria with a one-word tweet Thursday: “unacceptable.” 

The tweet accompanies a screen-shot of the British parliament debating military strikes, accompanied by the words “Nonstop Web coverage.” Underneath, a photo of an empty U.S. Senate chamber represents the “Syria debate in US Congress.”

The tweet comes as the Tea Party has taken the lead in demanding that Congress be called back into session to authorize any action in Syria, as is happening in Great Britain. Some 116 House members, most of them conservative Republicans, wrote to President Obama on Wednesday demanding that Congress sign off before the Obama administration launches a military strike.

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Cruz is a leading critic of U.S. involvement in foreign conflicts. He was one of 13 Republicans who voted in favor of an amendment by Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulOvernight Defense: Shanahan exit shocks Washington | Pentagon left rudderless | Lawmakers want answers on Mideast troop deployment | Senate could vote on Saudi arms deal this week | Pompeo says Trump doesn't want war with Iran Senators demand Trump explain decision to deploy troops amid Iran tensions Senators demand Trump explain decision to deploy troops amid Iran tensions MORE (R-Ky.) last month that would have cut off $1.3 billion in annual military aid to Egypt after the army cracked down on pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters.

The Tea Party's developing leadership on Syria has been a point of pride for lawmakers affiliated with the movement. 

“More than a quarter of all House lawmakers demand Congress approve military strike on Syria,” wrote Rep. Steve StockmanStephen (Steve) Ernest StockmanFormer aide sentenced for helping ex-congressman in fraud scheme Former congressman sentenced to 10 years in prison for campaign finance scheme Rising expectations could change North Korea forever MORE (R-Texas) spokesman Donny Ferguson in a tweet accompanied by the hashtags tcot (top conservatives on Twitter), teaparty and gop.

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