New House and Senate measures limit scope of Syria strike in effort to win votes

Susan Ferrechio
The Washington Examiner

Lawmakers in the House and Senate hope that a more narrowly drawn war resolution, one that imposes limits on any U.S. military action against Syria, will help win over dozens of Republicans and Democrats now inclined to oppose the measure.

Reps. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., and Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., authored legislation that would prohibit the use of U.S. military troops on the ground in Syria and would put a 60-day time limit on the president’s ability to use force against President Bashar Assad’s regime.

The two lawmakers drafted the proposal after Democrats on Tuesday objected to a much broader proposal from the Obama administration that placed fewer restrictions on the president…

…”There is a broad middle in the House and Senate that is open to a response,” Connolly told the Washington Examiner. “And that broad middle is significant enough in numbers to pass a resolution if it is carefully crafted and tightly construed.”

Even Paul admitted it was becoming less likely he could block the authorization measure, in part because many of the 200 House Democrats fear they’ll face political disaster if they don’t back the president.

“Our best chance for defeat will be in the House,” Paul said. “The only problem here is because it is so high profile, Democrats will vote party politics over their conscience.”


The complete article, with a copy of the Resolution, is at The Washington Examiner.


Related: Brent Bozell: The Vanishing Anti-War Left

Barack Obama ran for president as the last of the red-hot pacifists, so it might have sounded preposterous to predict that after a few security briefings at the White House, President Obama would follow in the same policy footsteps of horrid warmonger George Bush, with his anti-terrorist wars and strategies.

So where is the anti-war movement now?…



Comments are closed.