On Thursday, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, echoed the sentiments of a growing number of his fellow lawmakers who have said if President Obama decides to respond to the suspected use of chemical weapons in Syria, he must first make his case before Congress, the Washington Times reports.
Cruz does not dispute the possibility of the United States having sufficient reason to intervene in Syria.
However, he is adamant that Obama must debate the move with Congress in order to answer many pertinent questions regarding the situation, such as why the administration is not seeking to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power and whether Assad’s regime was behind the chemical weapons attack in the Damascus that killed many civilians.
“When and if President Obama makes a decision on Syria, he must immediately call a special session of Congress and persuade the American people that what he proposes is critical to the defense of our nation,” Cruz said.
“I am confident all members of Congress would willingly return to Washington to work with him on this issue.”
Cruz said comments from Obama implied there is no imminent threat to the country, so only Congress has the authority to declare war.
Cruz noted he would like to see the U.S. follow in the footsteps of the British House of Commons and the Israeli Knesset, which have called emergency meetings to take up the subject and is troubled by the silence coming from the nation’s capital.
“In Washington, D.C., crickets are chirping,” Cruz said.
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