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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) urged Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) Friday morning to bring House members back from their spring recess to discuss President Trump's use of military force in Syria.
At issue is whether the 2001 authorization for the use of force that Congress approved after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks gives the president permission to take military actions in Syria. It was a question lawmakers weren't able to agree on under President Obama.
Many of California's House Democrats said Thursday night Trump should have asked Congress before he bombed civil war-torn Syria in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack this week on a rebel-held area. The House had already left for its two-week recess when the bombing occurred. The Senate is scheduled to leave Friday afternoon.
"The president’s action and any response demands that we immediately do our duty. Congress must live up to its constitutional responsibility to debate an authorization of the use of military force against a sovereign nation," Pelosi said in a letter to Ryan.
The war in Syria will not be resolved with a single night of airstrikes, Pelosi added.
"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," Pelosi said.
It's unlikely that Congress will be called back and Ryan's office said it hasn't changed the schedule. But Ryan's spokeswoman AshLee Strong said the White House should come to Congress to discuss the next moves.
"Last night’s response was fully within the president’s authority," she said. "It is now appropriate for the administration to consult with Congress as it considers next steps to resolve the long-running crisis in Syria."
8:54 a.m.: This post has been updated with a quote from Speaker Paul Ryan's spokeswoman.
It was originally published at 7:25 a.m.