Votes Against Syria War Continue To Pile Up

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

TOTAL GOP DEM IND
SUPPORT MILITARY ACTION 22 6 16 0
LIKELY SUPPORT 2 1 1 0
24 7 17 0
OPPOSE MILITARY ACTION 34 26 8 0
LIKELY OPPOSE 5 3 1 1
39 29 9 1
UNDECIDED 37 10 26 1
UNKNOWN 0 0 0 0
37 10 26 1
TOTAL 100 46 52 2

 

THE HOUSE: http://abcn.ws/1a99GwE

TOTAL GOP DEM
SUPPORT MILITARY ACTION 21 7 14
LIKELY SUPPORT 23 3 20
44 10 34
OPPOSE MILITARY ACTION 138 115 23
LIKELY OPPOSE 124 82 42
262 197 65
UNDECIDED 116 21 95
UNKNOWN 11 5 6
127 26 101
TOTAL 433 233 200