We have a fabulous new permanent whip count page!
I’ll continue to add new commitments and/or vote changes in individual posts.
House leadership tried to create the illusion of “momentum” yesterday with John Boehner and Eric Cantor coming out in favor of authorizing the use of force with Syria, as well as Xavier Becerra and Chris Van Hollen putting aside their concerns about “boots on the ground” and jumping on board.
Nonetheless, the number of representatives coming out in opposition to the vote continue to dramatically outstrip those in favor.
Syria War Vote Count Wednesday, September 4 2013
I’ll continue to update the chart throughout the day. Please let me know if you find quotes from any member of Congress who isn’t listed that indicates where they stand, or if you think I’ve assigned someone to a category where they don’t belong.
|Name||State||Party||Yes||Lean Yes||Lean No||No||Publication||Quote|
|Alexander, Rodney||LA||R||X||WAFB||“At this time, Congressman Alexander does not feel it is in our best interests to take military action.”|
|Barber, Ron||AZ||D||X||Statement||I call on the president to openly and transparently communicate with Congress and the American people the threats that have been identified and the rationale for military action. At this point, however, my colleagues and I have not received full information about the Syrian regime’s actions, the response options available to us and the full risk assessment associated with those options.|
|Barton, Joe||AZ||R||X||CBS||A spokesperson for Representative Joe Barton said Barton does not support direct American military action in Syria, based on what he has seen so far.|
|Beatty, Joyce||D||X||Columbus Dispatch||Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Columbus, said that while “the world cannot tolerate the use of chemical weapons,” she said she does “not believe the citizens of the United States desire entering into a war on the other side of the globe at this time.”|
|Becerra, Xavier||D||X||NPR||Becerra says he believes in limited, brief strikes on Syria.|
|Bishop, Tim||D||X||Cache Vallely Daily||Representative Tim Bishop on Friday issued a statement indicating that he supported President Obama, with certain provisions….”I do not support the use of American ground forces.”|
|Bishop, Rob||R||X||27 East||[F]rom what I have seen so far, if there was a vote today I would vote no.”|
|Black, Diane||R||X||Crossville Chronicle||Congressman Diane Black, Tennessee’s 6th District representative in the U. S. House of Representatives, told constituents Monday that she had “grave concerns” about U.S. troops getting involved in the current happenings in Syria.|
|Boehner, John||R||X||MSN||House Speaker John Boehner said that he supports the president’s push for action in Syria and called on his colleagues to do the same.|
|Bridenstine, Jim||R||X||News Channel 10||Rep. Jim Bridenstine said he remained “skeptical” [about action in Syria].|
|Duffy, Sean||R||X||Constituent Call||Per call from a constituent, Duffy is “strongly opposed to bombing Syria.”|
|Ellmers, Rene||R||X||News Observer||For these and many other reasons which have been echoed by my constituents, I cannot support military action against Syria at this time.|
|Gohmert, Louie||R||X||News Journal||“We could get into another world war here, just by launching missiles. I don’t think that will happen, but I am not sure that has been adequately weighed out.|
|Holding, George||R||X||Charlotte Observer||Rep. George Holding, a Republican from Raleigh, didn’t say how he’d vote, but said in a statement that even a limited military action could have unknown consequences and may not deter the Syrian regime.|
|Jones, Walter||R||X||Charlotte Observer||Those saying they’d vote no were Republicans Renee Ellmers of Dunn and Walter Jones of Greenville.|
|Kline, John||R||X||CBS||While I am disappointed the President put the U.S. in a difficult position by publicly using a ‘red line’ with Syria, America’s credibility is now in question and the world is watching.|
|Lankford, James||R||X||KRMG||U.S. Rep. James Lankford said Tuesday he has “major reservations” about a long-term strategy in the region|
|Matheson, Jim||D||X||Desert News||Utah’s only Democrat in Congress, Rep. Jim Matheson, said he was “not convinced we should be doing this,” even though he condemned the horrific acts in Syria|
|McMorris-Rogers, Cathy||R||X||Washington Post||“It’s a difficult decision,” [McMorris-Rodgers] said. “I have a lot of concerns. I’m skeptical, but I’m going to listen and continue to learn.”|
|Mullin, Markwayne||R||X||News Channel 10||U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin says he is unequivocally opposed to U.S. involvement in the Syrian conflict, including the use of air strikes against the Middle Eastern country.|
|Schrader, Kurt||D||X||Statement||After more than a decade of war and billions of dollars spent, the United States can no longer afford to be the world’s police. I urge the President and my colleagues in Congress to continue to work with the international community to end the violence in Syria, but direct U.S. military involvement at this time is one of the worst of many bad options.”|
|Smith, Jason||R||X||Examiner.com||”I have serious concerns about any military involvement in Syria because the situation has no clear national securities connections to the United States and victory of any proposed military action has not been defined. We should not put our men and women in uniform in harm’s way without clear objectives and a sensible strategy.”|
|Van Hollen, Chris||D||X||Washington Post||Drafting new resolution authorizing the use of force in Syria for a limited time period with Gerry Connelly.|