President Waffles hasn’t figured out his approach to Syria yet, though a fearsome “shot across the bow” is apparently on the table. Even though he hasn’t made up his mind, Obama wants you to know he totally has this decision covered and doesn’t much care what elected members of Congress think. Evidently he’s not too concerned with what the intel says about the Syrian gas attack either.
As always, Sen. Ted Cruz had a meme-worthy graphic response to the president. It was retweeted more than 600 times in an hour.
Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have called on Obama to consult Congress before any use of military force in Syria. Many of them shared their thoughts on Twitter.
— Trey Radel (@treyradel) August 29, 2013
Cameron still addressing full Parliament on Syria. Obama is giving a closed-doors speech to select leaders. Why is Obama afraid of openness?
— Steve Stockman (@SteveWorks4You) August 29, 2013
As the crisis in Syria poses no direct threat to the US, President Obama should seek congressional authorization before sending our troops.
— Jack Kingston (@JackKingston) August 29, 2013
Right now, the British Parliament is debating engagement in #Syria. The U.S. Congress should do the same.
— CongressmanJoePitts (@RepJoePitts) August 29, 2013
— Sean Duffy (@RepSeanDuffy) August 29, 2013
— Gregg Harper (@GreggHarper) August 29, 2013
— Rep. Mike Coffman (@RepMikeCoffman) August 29, 2013
President Obama must come before Congress to outline his plan & objectives in #Syria before committing our military.
— Scott DesJarlais (@DesJarlaisTN04) August 29, 2013
— Joe Barton (@RepJoeBarton) August 29, 2013
— Lee Terry (@LEETERRYNE) August 28, 2013
Syrian chemical weapons a major human rights violation but @whitehouse can't act alone. I signed a letter seeking congressional approval 1st
— Cory Gardner (@SenCoryGardner) August 28, 2013
— Rep. Todd Rokita (@ToddRokita) August 28, 2013
RELEASE: I've signed a letter to Obama telling him he needs authorization from Congress before any attack on Syria: http://t.co/Sdo7IV7upN
— Raúl R. Labrador (@Raul_Labrador) August 28, 2013
U.S. officials, including John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, will brief members of Congress on the Syria situation on Thursday evening. But the conference call will reportedly be limited to “leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives as well as the chairmen and ranking members of national security committees.”
Congress has 535 members, right? RT @JohnCornyn: POTUS planning to consult with Congress on conference call Thursday on his plans for Syria
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) August 29, 2013