Vote count update: Sept. 6 at 1:23 p.m.
In the 48 hours since President Barack Obama said he wanted Congress to authorize a limited military intervention to Syria, members of Congress have been lining up to say they will or won’t back such action.
“I’ve long believed that our power is rooted not just in our military might, but in our example as a government of the people, by the people, and for the people. And that’s why I’ve made a second decision: I will seek authorization for the use of force from the American people’s representatives in Congress,” Obama said on Saturday. “I spoke with all four congressional leaders, and they’ve agreed to schedule a debate and then a vote as soon as Congress comes back into session.”Congress will officially return from recess on Sept. 9, and congressmen and senators are already scrambling to make statements — or avoid making statements — on how they plan to vote on military action.
Earlier today, House and Senate leadership met with President Barack Obama on Tuesday morning to discuss U.S. intelligence on Syria, and several congressional leaders backed the president’s plan. Secretary of State John Kerry also testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he didn’t want to rule out congressional action that also backed sending troops if necessary. “I don’t want to take off the table an option that might or might not be available to the President of the United States to secure our country,” he said before the committee on Tuesday. Many members of Congress have said their support hinges on whether congressional action will include “boots on the ground.”
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