on Syria Resolution in House
The Washington Post
Congress took the first formal step toward approving military action in Syria on Wednesday, with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee's 10-7 vote to send its resolution to the full chamber.
But whether or not the resolution winds up passing in the Senate, the real hurdle remains in the GOP-controlled House. And things on that front are looking progressively dimmer for the Obama administration.
Over the last two days, scores of members -- most of them Republicans, but many of them Democrats -- have expressed their opposition to the use of force in Syria.
According to a WP whip count, the ranks of the opposition more than doubled from 34 on Tuesday morning to 86 by Thursday morning.
Over that same span, the number of House members supporting the use of force increased by a whopping two, from 17 to 19.
There are now more than four times as many opponents of military action in the House as supporters.
And that doesn't even factor in the dozens of members who have expressed skepticism about Syria. According to the latest numbers, 92 representatives have expressed hesitation but not complete opposition.
Combine that with the 86 "no" votes, and you've got 178 members who appear likely to vote "no" -- nearly 60 percent of the 300 House members we currently have a read on. Another 103 are listed as purely "undecided."
What's clear from these numbers is that it's much more popular right now to express reservations about or opposition to military action in Syria. And maybe that's not surprising, given the polls show military action is well short of popular.
The question is whether that's a sign of things to come -- and members will continue to come out against military action en masse -- or whether the opponents are simply the first ones to speak up and/or the loudest.
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