Obama faces steep climb in House on Syria
September 6th, 2013
07:51 PM ET
12 months ago

Obama faces steep climb in House on Syria

Washington (CNN) - Even if the Senate backs President Barack Obama's call for military action against Syria, a wall of outright opposition or skepticism from Democrats and Republicans in the House makes approval there very difficult.

House Speaker John Boehner, who backs Obama on the issue, welcomed news on Friday that the president would deliver a national address on Tuesday to try to sway public opinion, which now opposes such a step.

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  1. Anonymous

    U.S. Must support syrian people because iranian fashist regim & russia are helping syrian goverment dictator ship to kill their own pepole.

    September 6, 2013 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    Hell did freeze over...with a loud bi-partisan NO in the House of Representatives to bombing Syria.

    September 6, 2013 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. John in Brooklyn

    The president's decision to seek the advice of Congress was not only prudent...it was politically BRILLIANT! If the GOP backs the President, at best, they can be lauded for supporting their Commander-in-Chief and sharing the responsibility of the outcome of any possible bombings. At worst, however, they can be labeled as having forced America to cut and run when a Muslim despot has gassed his own civilians using weapons of mass destruction (an issue that was SUPPOSE to be close to their foreign policy hearts)...and, worse, abandoning Israel while caving into Russia and China. The president is in a no-lose position. If he moves ahead with bombing, HE gets the credit for standing up to Assad, the Russians, and China...and even if things turn sideways, he consulted Congress with complete and full information (unlike 2002). If they do not approve the president to attack, the US does nothing, and the situation gets worse (which is likely whether the US bombs Syria or not)...then the GOP will have to take the blame. The GOP should not be measuring the White House for new curtains for 2016...not by a long shot.

    September 6, 2013 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm |
  4. Thomas

    What a deference a war makes , or wars . It was a cake walk for GW Bush to lead us to war , and not find WMD's in Iraq .

    Once bitten, twice shy

    September 6, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  5. rs

    It goes without saying that the GOP-controlled, Tea Party-lead house with the most ineffective leader ever, will be a problem-for anything. It had been a roadblock to anything since 2010. No jobs bills, nothing to help the economy, nothing for the middle class. They are even trying to prevent 30 million Americans from being able to afford buying health care insurance- something they themselves proposed in the late '90s. Expecting this crew to do anything for America is apparently simply too much.
    It would be nice to think that perhaps they learned from the disaster that was the war in Iraq, and that was the source of their objection, but we already know they simply are opposing anything and everything from the twice duly elected President of the United States.
    A real-live discussion, a real live exchange of ideas, and real-live negotiation- that would be the hallmark of what we expect of Congress. That will have to wait until 2014....

    Maybe dealing with al Queda would be more fruitful than trying to get the GOP on board with anything.

    September 6, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  6. sammy750

    I agree, we have a party that has a strong hatred for Obama. The Republicans and the Tea Party. They will do anything to disrupt whatever he wants to do. They do not have the best interests of their voters or this nation. They are only interested in destroying Obama. No President has ever been so attack by a political party as the Republicans and Tea Party has. Racism is so deep in there thinking, no laws can change that. We see racism strongly in the Republican controlled states, TX, NC, SC, VA, MO, MS, FL, and AZ.

    September 7, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |