Ben Cardin, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said a vote could happen in the Senate “as early as next week” on a backdoor AUMF being crafted by John McCain’s “Gang of 8.” It would give the President the authorization to take military action if certain conditions are not met. (Don’t sleep yet.) Since members of Congress are still declaring their support/opposition to the use of military force in Congress, we’re going to keep tracking them. We’ll be updating this post with Syria news throughout the day.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday September 12, 2013 10:15 am|
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday September 11, 2013 7:36 am|
The President’s speech last night sounded like it was the product of a speechwriter’s war, where everyone was so anxious to get their own digs in they lost sight of the fact that the parts didn’t really all fit together. But as we start Day 10 of our whip count, we’ll see if any members of Congress found it persuasive.
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday September 10, 2013 7:22 am|
As we begin Day 9 of our whip count, the House Armed Services Committee is holding hearings that we’ll be liveblogging, where John Kerry will testify. And members of Congress are coming out of the closet and expressing their opposition to military action in Syria, now that it’s pretty much universally accepted that there will not be a vote.
|By: Jane Hamsher Monday September 9, 2013 3:55 pm|
Congress is back on the job today on this, Day 8 of our whip count on the authorization of the use of military force in Congress. As always, I’ll be updating news and totals here throughout the day.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday September 6, 2013 6:50 am|
As we begin Day 5 of our whip effort, the dynamics that will shape a final House vote are starting to become clear.
|By: Jane Hamsher Thursday September 5, 2013 12:45 pm|
Things are looking pretty grim today for the pro-bombing camp in Congress. Firedoglake’s latest whip count indicates that there are 94 firm “nay” votes and 99 “lean nay,” which means the world of potential “nay” votes is approaching the magic 217 votes needed to stop passage.
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday September 4, 2013 1:30 pm|
House leadership tried to create the illusion of “momentum” yesterday with John Boehner and Eric Cantor coming out in favor of authorizing the use of force with Syria, as well as Xavier Becerra and Chris Van Hollen putting aside their concerns about “boots on the ground” and jumping on board.
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday September 3, 2013 9:17 am|
The White House is in a bit of a pickle — President Obama feels he needs the support of John McCain and Lindsey Graham to get House Republicans on board, and he may be right. However, McCain and Graham want regime change and a number of Democratic AND Republican votes appear to be contingent upon the language of the authorization being limited to airstrikes and preventing boots on the ground.
|By: Jane Hamsher Saturday August 31, 2013 4:00 pm|
President Obama has said he will ask for Congressional authorization to attack Syria.
We know that Alan Grayson is firmly against going to war with Syria. Grijalva is also opposed. Justin Amash will lead the opposition from the Republican side.
Eliott Engle has a war boner on, and as head of the Foreign Relations Committee he can do a lot of damage. And the firmly anti-war Nancy Pelosi will undoubtedly whip her caucus in support of the President and his desire to wage an extremely unpopular war.
So where does your member of Congress stand? Let us know in the comments so we can start vote counting.
|By: Jane Hamsher Friday May 4, 2012 11:50 am|
We had hundreds of people calling their representatives yesterday to ask if they would sign the letter to President Obama, telling him to issue an executive order preventing federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
LGBT activists lobbying on the Hill report that the DNC is actively discouraging the letter in order to shield the President from the pressure within his own party.