Obama Lobbies Congress to Support Attack On Syria
Some key lawmakers support U.S. missile strikes on Syria. After a White House meeting with President Obama, Senator Dianne Feinstein said she is "fully supportive of the president's action." The California Democrat chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee. House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said they will support a congressional resolution authorizing strikes against Syria. However, they would not predict how the full House may vote. Votes in the Senate and House could come next week.
House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said the use of chemical weapons in Syria "cannot be ignored." She called it "outside the circle of civilized behavior." Tennessee Republican Senator Bob Corker noted that Americans do not want to be drawn into a long civil war in Syria. He cautioned that said authorization for military action is, in fact, a "declaration of war against another country, no matter how limited it is."
Support for military strikes also came from Michigan Democrat Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He said, "We must act." Levin also argued that the U.S. must do more to support rebel groups in Syria. Meantime, New York Democratic Congressman Eliot Engel called evidence against the Assad regime in Syria "compelling." (Metro Networks Inc.)