Will Congress Reject Obama’s Attack on Syria?
No vote could spark constitutional crisis if White House launches attack anyway
Paul Joseph Watson
September 4, 2013
Current indications suggest that Congress could reject the Obama administration’s draft resolution on Syria, setting up a potential constitutional crisis if Obama goes ahead and launches the attack anyway, as Secretary of State John Kerry has clearly suggested will happen.
According to a whip list compiled by the Hill, while the Senate vote to authorize the attack is already in the bag, 44 members of the House are either “no” or “leaning no” compared to just 17 who are “yes” or “leaning yes”. 31 Congressmembers are “undecided” or “unclear,” according to the Hill.
That leaves a further 343 members of Congress who have yet to take a public stance on the issue, although with national polls of Americansclearly showing that a majority oppose the strike, negative sentiment towards the idea of launching an attack seems to be the dominant factor.
“Most House Republicans who have taken a stance are vowing to vote no, or are leaning no,” the report notes. Despite receiving the backing of leadership allies like Lindsey Graham, John McCain, Nancy Pelosi and John Boehner, the consensus is that Obama faces an “uphill battle” to convince Congress as a whole.