A funny thing happened when President Obama hit the “pause” button on Syria action: Lawmakers continued to make their position known – and they’re still moving in only one direction.
Opposition to strikes against Syria has only grown in Congress since the president made his case to the nation – a case, of course, that includes the military option if the diplomatic option fails. That’s playing out now, but just in case the newest New York Times op-ed contributor [Vladimir Putin] doesn’t come through for the United States government, the president is going to be back where he started at some point on Capitol Hill. Actually, he’ll be in a worse position than before, with the White House able to keep fewer lawmakers on the fence. That’s one measure of the depth of public sentiment on Syria: Members of Congress are taking stands even though the president is explicitly asking them not to.
THE SYRIA SCOREBOARD by the ABC News Political Unit:
THE SENATE: http://abcn.ws/18rMbwx
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|OPPOSE MILITARY ACTION||34||26||8||0|
THE HOUSE: http://abcn.ws/1a99GwE
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