Syria Watch, Sept 12 – Let’s Ask Kissinger, He Knows Everything

By: Thursday September 12, 2013 8:37 am

Ben Cardin, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, said a vote could happen in the Senate “as early as next week” on a backdoor AUMF being crafted by John McCain’s “Gang of 8.” It would give the President the authorization to take military action if certain conditions are not met. (Don’t sleep yet.) Since members of Congress are still declaring their support/opposition to the use of military force in Congress, we’re going to keep tracking them. We’ll be updating this post with Syria news throughout the day.

Congressional Vote on #Syria Whip Count, Sept 9 – Launching Our New Senate Whip Count Page

By: Monday September 9, 2013 8:09 am

Firedoglake Senate Syria Whip Count Page (**NEW**)

Firedoglake House Syria Whip Count Page

Congress is back on the job today on this, Day 8 of our whip count on the authorization of the use of military force in Congress. As always, I’ll be updating news and totals here throughout the day.

Congressional Vote on Syria Whip Count, Sept 6: What Happens When Nancy Pelosi Drops the Pimp Hand?

By: Friday September 6, 2013 6:48 am

As we begin Day 5 of our whip effort, the dynamics that will shape a final House vote are starting to become clear. This is where we stand

Congressional Vote on Syria Whip Count, Thursday September 5

By: Thursday September 5, 2013 10:45 am

Things are looking pretty grim today for the pro-bombing camp in Congress. Firedoglake’s latest whip count indicates that there are 94 firm “nay” votes and 99 “lean nay,” which means the world of potential “nay” votes is approaching the magic 217 votes needed to stop passage.

Congressional Vote on Syria Whip List, Wednesday September 4

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 11:46 am

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.

Congressional Vote on Syria Whip List, Tuesday September 3

By: Tuesday September 3, 2013 8:46 am

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.

Call Reports: Did Your Member of Congress Sign the ENDA Executive Order Letter to President Obama?

By: Friday May 4, 2012 11:01 am

We had hundreds of people calling their representatives yesterday to ask if they would sign the letter to President Obama, telling him to issue an executive order preventing federal contractors from discriminating against employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity. LGBT activists lobbying on the Hill report that the DNC is actively discouraging the [...]

Call Democrats and Ask if They Support Pelosi if She Pushes Obama-GOP Tax Plan

By: Wednesday December 15, 2010 4:23 am

If a majority of Democrats won’t vote for the Obama-GOP tax plan, Speaker Pelosi must not bring it to the floor for a vote. So let’s find out where Democrats stand. We’re organizing an EMERGENCY whip count to call Democratic Members of Congress and find out where they stand on the Obama-GOP tax plan.

Tell Earl Blumenauer to Keep His Pledge or Give the Money Back

By: Tuesday March 16, 2010 6:00 am

Now that their scams have all been laid bare, Democratic leadership has resorted to firing on their own troops and threatening to run them all out of office if they don’t vote for the AHIP/PhRMA bailout. So, it looks like it’s time to whip. Earl Blumenauer was one of 65 members of Congress who pledged [...]

Bernie Sanders Contradicts Obama, Says Senate Does Have 50 Votes for Public Option

By: Wednesday March 10, 2010 2:10 pm

Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is saying that the Senate has a majority for a public option–in direct contradiction to claims by President Obama. From TPM: Sanders said he thinks Democrats have 50 votes in the Senate to pass a bill “certainly to include a public option.” It was a bit of good news for progressives, who [...]