(Politico) Despite recent polling by Gallup released yesterday that shows Americans overwhelmingly do not support taking military action in Syria by a margin of 51% opposed to 36% in favor, 13% unsure, Democrat Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has predicted that his chamber will ultimately vote in favor of Obama’s war resolution in Syria.
Support for the United States entanglement in Syria is less certain in the Republican majority House of Representatives which may push back on Obama’s resolution authorizing military action by as long as a week, according to a memo by Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) sent to GOP lawmakers yesterday.
“Understanding that there are differing opinions on both sides of the aisle, it is up to President Obama to make the case to Congress and the American people that this is the right course of action–Members should expect a robust debate and vote on an authorization of use of military force pertaining to Syria in the next two week,” Cantor wrote in a memo outlining the House Republican’s fall agenda which includes:
- The Republican led House will take up a stop-gap to keep the federal government open past the 30 September–the end of the fiscal year;
- Legislation that may raise the debt limit, which would include measures of, “fiscal reforms and pro-growth policies which puts us on a path to balance (the budget) in ten years in exchange for another increase in the debt limit.”
- Consideration of immigration reform legislation;
- House bills to dismantle, delay and defund ObamaCare;
- Enact reforms to the food stamp program;
- Roll back environmental regulations to promote domestic energy production together with legislation to shift federal money from political conventions to children’s medical research.
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