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Current Indications Show Congress Will Vote NO on Attacking Syria

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The Hill
September 3, 2013

YES/LEANING YES

Senate (14)

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.

Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.) — Said before Obama’s request for congressional authorization that world could not let heinous attack pass without meaningful response.

Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) — Working closely with the White House on Syria.

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Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) — Said chemical attack requires “a strong response that will prevent this from happening again.”

Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) — Isakson 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 is revising the White House’s resolution.

John McCain (R-Ariz.) — Said it would be “catastrophic” if Congress rejects legislation.

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.

Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) — The third-ranking Democrat in the Senate said he could support a limited strike.

YES/LEANING YES
House (14)

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.

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 White House that 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 Rogers (R-Mich.) — Intelligence panel chairman predicts resolution will pass Congress.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) — Democatic National Committee chairwoman said on CNN tat the “world cannot let such a heinous attack pass without a meaningful response.”

Juan Vargas (D-Calif.) — Supports the president.

NO/LEANING NO

Senate (3)

Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) — Ranking member of the Armed Services Committee disagrees with McCain, says cannot support action because of budget cuts.

Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) — Said U.S. “cannot afford another conflict that taxes our resources without achieving goals that advance American interests.” Moran heads the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — 2016 possible White House candidate has been a critic of military intervention in Syria.

NO/LEANING NO

House (31)

Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) — Told 48 News he needs to be convinced there is a direct threat to the U.S., adding he doesn’t believe that now.

Justin Amash (R-Mich.) — Firm no.

Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) — Tweeted that she’s “adamantly opposed” to military action.

Michael Burgess (R-Texas) — Burgess says action is U.S. action in Syria would be very risky.

Emanuel Cleaver (D-Mo.) — On Sept. 1, he told 41 Action News he would vote no if vote were that day.

Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) — Tweeted Saturday it was impreative that Obama explore alternatives.

Tom Cole (R-Okla.) — House deputy whip is leaning no.

Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) — Said on MSNBC is leaning no.

Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) — Iraq war veteran is against military action in Syria.

Sam Farr (D-Calif.) — Recent remarks suggest he is leaning no.

Randy Forbes (R-Va.) — Said on Fox News on Sunday that taking mlitary action is not in nation’s best interests.

Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) — Says the president has not yet convinced the public.

Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.) — Iraq war veteran said on Facebook he urges a no vote.

Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) — Grayson is rallying support against the measure.

Janice Hahn (D-Calif.) — Leaning no.

Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.) — Said on Facebook that he agrees with constituents and sees no evidence of U.S. interests in Syrian war.

Walter Jones (R-N.C.) — Critic of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan is a firm no.

Pete King (R-N.Y.) — Said on Fox News Sunday he is leaning no; he didn’t believe Congress needed to vote on Syria.

Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) — Senate candidate told WSAV-TV he is leaning no.

Tom Marino (R-Pa.) — Marino is “absolutely opposed to any intervention in Syria at this time.”

Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) — Wants answers to many questions.

Candice Miller (R-Mich.) — “…case has not been made.”

Rick Nolan (D-Minn.) — Nolan is strongly opposed to a military strike.

Richard Nugent (R-Fla.) — Sent letter to Obama on Friday opposing military intervention.

Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) — Reiterated his view that the mlitary draft must be reinstated before an attack on Syria.

Scott Rigell (R-Va.) — Leaning no.

Dana Rohrbacher (R-Calif.) — Said U.S. shouldn’t try to police Syria.

Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) — After attending Sunday’s briefing, said in a statement he doesn’t support military force at this time.

Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) — Citing Iraq and other reasons, Serrano says that “we must not get our country involved in another war.”

Carol Shea-Porter (D-N.H.) — Tweeted Monday that she doesn’t think intervention is the answer at the moment.

Michael Turner (R-Ohio) — He says he’s a no until sequestration is lifted.

Frank Wolf (R-Va.) — Leaning no. In a letter to the president, Wolf states he has deep reservations about military intervention

Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) — Said on Facebook an attack is “not warranted at this time.”

UNDECIDED/NOT CLEAR

Senate (5)

Ben Cardin (D-Md.)

Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) — Has called evidence “circumstantial.”

Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) — Says there are “so many unanswered questions” during Sept. 3 CNBC interview. But also says if U.S. doesn’t lead, world becomes a more dangerous place.

Carl Levin (D-Mich.) — Armed Services chairman said Obama made “strong case,” but hasn’t endorsed plan for military action.

Chris Murphy (D-Conn.)

UNDECIDED/NOT CLEAR

House (17)

Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) — Told ABC5 News: “I’m waiting for the president to make the case on the possible use of force and the aftermath.”

David Cicilline (D-R.I.) — Said on MSNBC he is “skeptical.”

Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) — Has not made up his mind but told WKRN-TV he is “extremely leery.”

Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.)

Jim Himes (D-Conn.)

Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas) — Believes that the international community must some take type of action against Syria. Her statement indicates she’s more likely a yes than a no.

Bob Johnson (R-Ohio)

Dale Kildee (D-Mich.)

Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) — Armed Services panel chairman is undecided.

Richard Neal (D-Mass.) — Noted in his statement that he voted against the Iraq war.

Bill Owens (D-N.Y.) — Wants details on what the mission will be.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) — Fourth-ranked GOP leader says she is skeptical.

Mike Quigley (D-Ill.)

Trey Radel (R-Fla.)

Martha Roby (R-Ala.)

Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) — “The president has some work to do to recover from his grave missteps in Syria. He needs to clearly demonstrate that the use of military force would strengthen America’s security.”

Tim Ryan (D-Ohio)

Bobby Scott (D-Va.) — Expressed concern about precedent the U.S. would be setting by approving an attack.

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This article was posted: Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm





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