Obama meets with GOP senators on Syria
September 8th, 2013
06:22 PM ET
1 year ago

Obama meets with GOP senators on Syria

(CNN) - President Barack Obama joined Vice President Joe Biden at a dinner with Republican senators Sunday night to talk about Syria. The dinner took place at the Naval Observatory in Washington.

The GOP dinner comes two days before Obama is slated to go to Capitol Hill and make his case to Senate Democrats as he tries to generate congressional support for military strikes in Syria, a Senate leadership aide confirmed Sunday.

Congress officially returns to Washington Monday after a monthlong summer recess to debate and vote on a resolution giving Obama the authorization to take military action in Syria.

How the Syria debate in Congress could play out this week

While the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed a resolution last week to authorize the president's proposal, Obama's pitch still faces an uncertain future in Congress.

His trip to Congress will come on the same day he is scheduled to address the nation from the White House in a televised address at 9 p.m. ET. Obama last traveled to the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue at the end of July to speak with House and Senate Democrats before the recess.

Capitol Hill gets off to a busy start on Monday, with all House members getting an intelligence briefing from Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, National Security Adviser Susan Rice, Joint Chiefs Chairman Martin Dempsey and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Rice will also brief members of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Obama will give a preview of his address to the nation when he does a round of interviews on Monday with major TV and cable outlets. CNN's Wolf Blitzer will report on his interview with the president on The Situation Room at 6 p.m. ET.

Lawmakers predict rocky future for Syria proposal

The House Homeland Security Committee also scheduled a hearing on Syria for Tuesday morning.

– CNN's Ted Barrett, Deirdre Walsh and Ashley Killough contributed to this report.


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soundoff (7 Responses)
  1. Liz the First

    The specter of George W. Bush still haunts this country. now that we really need to do something in a Middle East country, Bush's illegitimate war in Iraq has soured Americans on doing anything militarily to help anyone in the world. i thought the repugs were supposed to be 'pro-Life.' once again, they prove they're only pro-fetal life. real people died horrible deaths but no one here seems to care because they weren't American. when did we become a country that turns its back on such atrocities?????

    September 8, 2013 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  2. jpmichigan

    The White House is pushing to hard, and it makes one wonder why? You didn't see the same response when 4 Americans were killed in Benghazi. You didn't see this kind of response to the 100,000 killed already in Syria which included thousands of children .Dose this administration not care unless it is with chemicals? The retaliation can be severe to the countries surrounding Syria and many Americans live in those areas, or their families do. Is this action by this administration to save Obama credibility in the international community? No one has really shown that it was the Syrian government that did this , one can just state that it is just COMMON SENSE that it was, it could be the Rebels also so to cause other countries to get involved. Known terrorist groups are working with the rebels , so to prepare of the down fall of he Syrian government, just like in Libya.

    September 8, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  3. Morning Star

    It seems the President has support from everyone except a large portion of those who voteed for him

    September 8, 2013 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. rs

    Do the GOP Senators realize that in having McCain speak out about Syria, that the lot of them wind up sounding like out-takes from Dr. Strangelove?
    Really, these cats make no sense anymore. It's all just blah, blah,blah, impeachment, blah.....

    How about a plan, or an alternative, gentlemen? Would that be too hard in place of bitter irrational criticism and insanity?

    September 8, 2013 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  5. just saying

    the american people want nothing to do with obama's military misadventure. their representatives in the house will not vote for this madness. obama is going to do more damage to the usa and himself than he will do to assad. obama has bungled this like he has everything else.

    and where are all the leaders and countries around the globe that supposedly love obama? pure leftist bunk. obama is not respected by our allies nor feared by our enemies. he is worse than a weak leader.

    September 9, 2013 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  6. Dar

    If the Congress would pass this resolution it will give Obama the same excuse that Bush had. We all voted and agreed that we had to go to war with the evidence that we had, right or wrong, we went and killed innocent people because we could. At least Bush was able to talk NATO into helping us. Obama cant even do that because Obama has lied so much to everyone around the world that no one can trust what the fool says.
    Obama failed to do what he should have done in the first place, like take out the chemical weapons before anyone could use them or steal them and use them. I know that sounds like hind sight, but he is the President and his choices have caused many innocent people to die when he could have helped them. Much like here in America, just look at what his bad choices have done for us!!

    September 9, 2013 02:58 am at 2:58 am |
  7. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    The Guns Over People Partial Government Shutdown tea potty wingnuts are the Assad party now. 2014 comes quickly for them.

    September 9, 2013 04:47 am at 4:47 am |