Senate expected to give Obama a green light

Posted by Andrea Shea King, the Radio Patriot

The Hill is reporting that the US Senate likely has the votes to give President Obama what he wants regarding Syria. But it’s a different story in the House, with most House Republicans, who have taken a stance, are vowing to vote no, or are leaning no.

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So far, the following Senators who are either a YES or LEANING YES:

Senate (15) (9 Democrats, 6 Republicans)

Richard Burr (R-N.C.) — Supports resolution, according to the newsobserver.com.
Ben Cardin (D-Md.) — Leaning yes.
Bob Casey (D-Pa.) — Said Saturday that it’s in the U.S. interest to respond to most recent chemical attack.
Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) — Said Saturday a red line was crossed a long time ago and the U.S. “must respond.”
Chris Coons (D-Del.) — Said on MSNBC he’s “inclined” to support the president, but made clear that he is not a firm yes.
Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) — Remarks suggest he will vote yes.
Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) — Said before Obama’s request for congressional authorization that the world could not let such a heinous attack pass without meaningful response.
Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — Working closely with the White House on Syria.
Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) — Said chemical attack requires “a strong response that will prevent this from happening again.”
Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) — Said he supports military action.
Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) — On Facebook, said he’d support “a narrow authorization for a missile strike targeting those responsible for using chemical weapons.”
Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) — Judiciary Committee chairman voted against the war in Iraq.
Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) — Foreign Relations panel chairman is working on the measure.
Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) — Has called on the president to act before Congress votes.
Harry Reid (D-Nev.) — Senate majority leader backs the president.

HOUSE  YES/LEANING YES

House (17) (11 Democrats, 6 Republicans)

John Boehner (R-Ohio) — Speaker to support military action in big boost for Obama.
Eric Cantor (R-Va.) — Boehner’s second in command also backs strike.
Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) — Tweeted Monday that the evidence of a chemical attack is strong. He is working with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) on a resolution.
Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) — Senate candidate co-wrote an op-ed with Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) that argues for a “yes” vote.
Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) — Said on Twitter that he stands behind Obama’s call for a “targeted and limited response.”
Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) — The top Dem on the Foreign Affairs Committee backs the president.
Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) — Second-ranking House Dem tweeted Friday that he agreed with the White House that the use of chemical weapons by Syria was unacceptable.
Jim Langevin (D-R.I.) — Backs limited strike.
Sandy Levin (D-Mich.) — Has publicly backed the president.
Luke Messer (R-Ind.) — Before attending a classified briefing on Sunday, Messer said on MSNBC, “I could support a strike on Syria.”
Jim Moran (D-Va.) — In a release, Moran said, “Now it is up to one of the most divisive, least productive Congresses in history to authorize an intervention and protect the credibility and viability of a U.S. response to Assad’s horrific crimes against humanity.”
Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — House minority leader will be a key player on resolution.
Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) — Co-wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post arguing for U.S. intervention.
Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) — Intelligence panel chairman predicts resolution will pass Congress.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) — Democratic National Committee chairwoman said on CNN that the “world cannot let such a heinous attack pass without a meaningful response.”
Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) — Has floated a new resolution that is much narrower than Obama’s.
Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) — Supports the president.

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