The early reaction from House Republicans on authorizing a strike on Syria has been a resounding no. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) on Tuesday came out in support of US intervention. But rank-and-file-members are not following their lead.
GOP leaders have made it clear that it is up to President Obama to convince the nation and Congress that a resolution should be passed in the wake of alleged chemical attacks in Syria.
As of time of publishing, there were 42 House members who will vote no or are planning to vote no. Twenty-nine of them are Republicans. Conversely, only four House Republicans have publicly backed a Syria measure, according to The Hill's whip list.
Republicans who are in the "no/leaning no" column include Reps. Tom Cole (R-OK), Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), Walter Jones (R-NC), Randy Forbes (R-VA), John Fleming (R-LA), Justin Amash (R-MI) and Michele Bachmann (R-MN).
There are 14 House lawmakers who will vote yes or who are leaning yes. Dozens of lawmakers are undecided.
The good news for Obama is the numbers are better in the Senate, with more supporting than opposing.
The House looks to be a tough slog. Obama has Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (P-CA) in his corner, but some on the left -- such as Rep. Alan Grayson (P-FL) -- are actively working against the president.
Some high-ranking members on both sides of the aisle, including Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Assistant Democrat Leader James Clyburn (R-SC), are in the undecided column.
It appears that for a Syria resolution to pass the lower chamber, a large percentage of Democrats will need to approve it.
There are 233 Republicans in the House and 200 Democrats, with two vacancies.
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Editor's Note: How about this. Mr. Obama said he doesn't need the approval of Congress but would like to have it anyway. What if Congress says this in response: Mr. President, you either ask us for a Declaration of War or go it alone, seeing how you said you don't need our approval. If you don't need our approval, then help yourself and roll the political dice...
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