(CNN) - Although Congress doesn't officially reconvene for another week, members are publicly and privately considering how they will vote on President Obama's call for military action in Syria.
Many members remained undecided on Monday as they returned to Washington for briefings. CNN is tracking their stated views as the brewkdown of a vote emerges.
(CNN) - An expected congressional vote next week could affect a presidential race that won't officially get under way for more than year.
And the vote on whether to authorize military action against the Syrian government might serve as an important test for the handful of congressional Republicans who are considering 2016 bids for the White House.FULL STORY
CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 2, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Monday after meeting with President Barack Obama that congressional rejection of a resolution authorizing U.S. military force in Syria would be “catastrophic,” adding it would “undermine the credibility of the United States and the president of the United States.”
‘FLOOD THE ZONE’: President Barack Obama will meet Tuesday morning with Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, congressional aides tell Dana Bash. In addition, Obama will meet with the leadership of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and their House counterparts, reports Brianna Keilar.
HEAVYWEIGHTS ON THE HILL: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State John Kerry and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday afternoon. CNN’s special coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET.
Washington (CNN) - Making a case for military action in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry and other top administration officials told House Democrats in a phone call Monday to expect more international support in the coming days and argued the collateral damage of any strike would be low, according to two sources on the call.
While both sources said the tone among House Democrats was more positive than expected–given their anti-war fervor over the years–one source said there was still a "healthy dose of skepticism and concern."
Washington (CNN) - If President Barack Obama fancies himself a modern Will Kane of "High Noon," standing up for what's right when his allies desert him on Syria, he might be following advice the marshal got in the iconic 1952 Western film.
Kane, played by Gary Cooper, goes to his mentor and predecessor Martin Howe in a last-ditch plea for help, but the former lawman - crippled by age and arthritis - declines and explains why everyone from the judge to the deputy to the church-going folks of Hadleyville backed off.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - It always comes back to the budget.
With Congress facing a crucial debate on attacking Syria over chemical weapons use, conservatives are signaling their price for support may be increased funding for a shrinking military budget.FULL STORY
(CNN) - Labor Day begins a busy of week of discussions on whether the United States should use military force to punish the Syrian government for the reported use of chemical weapons in Syria's civil war.
Congress will not vote on President Barack Obama's request to authorize the use of force until sometime after it officially returns from recess September 9.
Here is what is expected this week:FULL STORY