(Updated) Pro-war House Dem leaders “throwing in the towel” on Syria resolution?

Update: This may turn on phone calls. Yves Smith just made the analogy to the first TARP vote, which failed because calls to Congress were running more than 90% against. If so, you can help. Senate phone numbers here. House phone numbers here.

You might especially target Elizabeth Warren, who seems teetery. See the middle of the Smith post referenced above (search on Warren) to read more. Elizabeth Warren’s DC office number is (202) 224-4543.

Please report back if you find out anything interesting. Thanks!

The Syria news moves apace, the latest chapter being Obama’s desire for a war resolution from Congress. Will he get it? In the House, things are looking dim.

Via Jake Tapper, here’s Democratic House leader (and Obama supporter) Chris Van Hollen on the prospects of a Syria war resolution (AUMF, authorization to use military force).

Tapper (my emphasis):

Congress via Shutterstock

Congress via Shutterstock

Three top Obama officials made another round Wednesday in their campaign to sway Congress to support the president’s proposal for limited military strikes in Syria.

Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee today.

The hearing showcased plenty of skepticism from both sides of the aisle.

Asked if a war resolution can get through this House, Democratic Congressman Chris Van Hollen told CNN’s Jake Tapper, “I don’t think anybody knows right now.”

At issue is an attempt by Van Hollen to offer a limited-strike-only amendment to the AUMF, hoping to thus get it passed. He doesn’t sound hopeful.

For confirmation, here’s Matt Stoller via Twitter:

And here’s Rep. Alan Grayson, pointing to the Washington Post:

It may pass in the Senate, and die in the House. Here’s hoping (he editorially said).

Of course, we know the administration thinks Congressional approval is moot. If it fails to pass, will Obama go for it anyway? We may get a chance to see.


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