WASHINGTON — President Obama faces a daunting and uphill battle to win congressional authorization for a military strike on Syria, a USA TODAY Network survey of senators and representatives finds.
The comprehensive poll of Congress finds that only a small fraction of the 533 lawmakers — 22 senators and 22 House members — are willing to say they will support the use of force in response to the reported use of chemical weapons by the Syrian regime. Far more overall — 19 senators and 130 House members — say they will oppose a resolution that would authorize military strikes.
The largest group of lawmakers remains undecided, including a majority of the Senate and the House. That could create an opportunity for the president to persuade them in a string of six interviews with TV network anchors Monday and a televised address to the nation Tuesday. The Senate could vote as early as Wednesday.
- Uphill battle for Obama: Where Congress stands on Syria – USA TODAY (usatoday.com)
- White House tries to gain support for Syria strike (news.yahoo.com)
- AP survey: House shows opposition to Syria attack (news.yahoo.com)
- Senate panel backs resolution for military strikes in Syria, Markey abstains from vote (boston.com)
- White House Intensifies Efforts to Make the Case for Syria Military Strikes (abcnews.go.com)
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