Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling on Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) to call House lawmakers back to Washington due to the U.S. airstrikes against Syria.
The House Minority Leader’s letter to Ryan comes as an increased number of lawmakers from both political parties are calling on Trump to seek Congressional approval before conducting further military action in Syria.
In her letter, Pelosi wrote, “The President’s action and any response demands that we immediately do our duty.”
The House recessed April 6 for an 18-day break, but Pelosi is calling them to reconvene, stating the break is too long to avoid discussion over “any decision to place our men and women in uniform in harm’s way.”
“Congress must live up to its Constitutional responsibility to debate an Authorization of the Use of Military Force against a sovereign nation.”
Pelosi has long criticized Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s cruel attacks against his own people and has joined growing criticism that has taken place this week in light of the chemical attacks the Syrian government is believed to have imposed on its civilians.
Pelosi’s letter condemned Assad and warned that one strike by the U.S. will not be enough to deter him.
“Bashar al-Assad’s chemical weapons attack on his own people places him outside the circle of civilized human behavior.”
“As heartbreaking as Assad’s chemical weapons attacks on his own people was, the crisis in Syria will not be resolved by one night of airstrikes,” Pelosi wrote to Ryan.
“The killing will not stop without a comprehensive political solution to end the violence. The American people are owed a comprehensive strategy with clear objectives to keep our brave men and women in uniform safe and avoid collateral damage to innocent civilians in Syria.”
Republican and Democrat parties have butted heads over U.S. military action in Syria and Middle East hotspots for several years. Pelosi backed a resolution introduced by former President Obama more than two years ago, aimed to set boundaries in the fight against ISIS. The resolution was called “too restrictive” by then-Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and has not made it back to Congress.
The latest events may bring Congress together, as illustrated by a tweet from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Thursday night:
“While we all condemn the atrocities in Syria, the United States was not attacked. The President needs Congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution.”
The President needs Congressional authorization for military action as required by the Constitution.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) April 7, 2017
Ryan’s office has not yet responded to a request for comment regarding Pelosi’s letter.
H/T: The Hill
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