In a statement he released on Saturday evening, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said in response to Obama’s Rose Garden remarks on Syria that he would support a move to bring Congress back early only if the President determined there was an urgent need to deal with the situation immediately.
“Given that the President did not request an emergency session of Congress, that must mean that he agrees there is no imminent threat requiring the Commander in Chief to act without consulting the representatives of the American people,” Cruz said.
Obama said on Saturday there is no urgent need to act on the matter. “Our capacity to execute this mission is not time-sensitive,” Obama said in the Rose Garden. “It will be effective tomorrow or next week or one month from now, and I am prepared to give that order.”
House Speaker John Boehner said the House will not reconvene early, and will consider a measure after it comes back from August recess on Sept. 9. Some Republican members have outright called for Boehner to reconvene the House regardless of the fact Obama did not call for it.