September 8th, 2013
06:08 PM ET
5 years ago

How the Syria debate in Congress could play out this week

Washington (CNN) - Congress returns to Washington on Monday after a monthlong summer break to jump right into debate and votes on a resolution giving President Barack Obama the authorization to strike Syria.

How this all will unfold over the coming week is far from certain, but here's how things could play out:


Filed under: Congress • President Obama • Syria
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  1. rs

    Well, now that the GOP is threatening impeachment (again) against Mr. Obama for following the Constitution on seeking Congressional approval for action in Syria that they demanded last December, I suspect this week will be filled with GOP inspired irrationality, sound, and fury- signifying nothing.
    Really, the GOP may not have been the party you agreed with- but their positions were predictable, and their policies steady. Today, they seem to stand for nothing at all- just obstruction, disagreement and utter stupidity.

    September 8, 2013 10:58 pm at 10:58 pm |
  2. boungiorno

    fat chance, and obomacare; is like the rallying speeches! COSTLY and in the end we end up oweing

    September 9, 2013 02:13 am at 2:13 am |
  3. Minnie Mouse

    I feel this debate should go on no farther than this week because it's not getting enough support from the government in its entirety and the American people to move forward.

    The more our country drags the issue out ,the more people that are going to be displaced in other countries because they are all fleeing for safety to protect themselves and or family members. Our country as well as surrounding countries do not need to be living in uncertainty and this is exactly what is going to be happening until a final decision is made on whether or not the US plan to strike against Syria.

    A strike would have already been made against Syria if we were certain that it was right the right decision. When you have to debate over any issue, regardless to what it is and when you are the President of the United States having to be asking for permission to do something, then chances are that it's the wrong decision for our country and it's not going to happen.

    It is the right decision to ask permission in the particular matter when the entire country and others countries will be involved, but as the President of the United states you are bound by law to abide by the Congress and the American people.

    We need to be making decisions for America but not ones that will jeopardize the state of America and our surrounding countries. This is a decision that is not even ours, especially when no real threat has been made against us. We have no right to strike against Syria and put all of our military men and women at risk, as well as our own country.

    If this as the right decision, you would have backing from our government and it's entirety, the American people and the support of surrounding countries. We are not getting this, at all! There is a approximate range of 85% lack of support.

    There are also the financial risks involved that no one knows what the costs will be, who will absorb the costs, or how long it will take to pay off the costs. We would be starting a war, that is uncalled for and including no one has any idea how long it will last in months or years, or the number of deaths in men, women and children that will be contributed from a war outbreak.

    It's not worth it!

    September 9, 2013 07:15 am at 7:15 am |