Republican U.S. House Speaker John Boehner and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi voted the same way just five times in the past three years. Every time, the House has followed their lead.
Representative Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat who supports military action, said yesterday, “Many members on both sides of the aisle are struggling with this issue.” Photographer: Jim Watson/AFP via Getty Images
That may change when it comes to Syria. Boehner and Pelosi are among about 20 members — or about 5 percent of the House — publicly supporting a military strike so far.
On the other side is an unusual alliance of Tea Party Republicans and antiwar Democrats who make up the bulk of at least 68 lawmakers opposed to military action — 54 Republicans and 14 Democrats, according to a Bloomberg News tally.
It would take 217 votes to kill the measure in the House, or to pass it.
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