Updated 1:51 p.m.

A Republican lawmaker who has one of the largest concentrations of active-duty and retired military service members in his congressional district is calling on the White House to seek congressional approval before launching any U.S. military strike on Syria.

Rep. Scott Rigell (R-Va.), whose district includes Naval Station Norfolk, is circulating a letter among colleagues asking President Obama to call on Congress to debate the use of U.S. military force in Syria.

"We stand ready to come back into session, consider the facts before us, and share the burden of decisions made regarding U.S. involvement in the quickly escalating Syrian conflict," the letter says.