Senate expected to give Obama a green light
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.
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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