British Parliament Debates War With Syria, U.S. Congress Vacations
August 29, 2013 by Sam Rolley
As chatter about the prospect of the United States going maverick in Syria continues, the Nationâ€™s international peers are receiving praise from some U.S. lawmakers for taking a more thoughtful approach to intervening in the Middle Eastern conflict.
Representative Scott Rigell (R-Va.) lauded the British Parliament on Thursday, noting that U.S. lawmakers are still on recessâ€” despite the Presidentâ€™s war rhetoricâ€” while the Brit lawmakers have robustly debated a resolution on military intervention in Syria.
The Parliament, he said, is having a debate, while the United States is not. “Given the history our two Nations,’ he continued, “there is a bit of irony here.”
Rigell said that he is happy to see that the evident slowing in British momentum towards military action has made the White House pull back â€śjust a bit.â€ť The lawmaker also noted that Congressional approval prior to intervention would be a sign of strength for the U.S.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) also noted the absence of Congressional debate on the matter.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) August 29, 2013