- Congress Debates Military Intervention in Syria
- September 10, 2013
- Law Firm: McDonald Hopkins LLC - Cleveland Office
After the Syrian government, led by President Bashar al-Assad, apparently used chemical weapons against its own citizens, President Obama indicated that he would intervene militarily in the Syrian conflict. After initially indicating that he would not seek Congressional approval, the White House pivoted and announced that they would seek approval from the House and Senate.
On Wednesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted, 10-7, to approve a resolution authorizing the use of force in Syria. The full Senate is expected to take up the resolution next week.
This week, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) all announced their support for the authorization of force resolution. Despite bipartisan support among both parties' leadership in the House, the prospects of passage are still murky. Vote estimates, as of Friday morning, have put the no votes at 190, leaving President Obama and supporters of intervention with little room for error.