ST. PAUL, Minn. -- In less than a week, congressional leaders will be back on the hill and many experts say they'll be getting ready to cast one of the most important votes of their careers. The question of whether to support a limited missile attack on Syria is weighing on each and every member of the House and Senate.
"The White House has engaged in a full court press to try and persuade congress to support the resolution," Hamline University Political Science Chair Joe Peschek explained. Leaders are being bombarded by constituents, special interest groups, and global leaders as well. Some congressional leaders have said this will be a "vote of conscience."
"You see some divisions on this issue, not just between political parties, but within the political parties," Peschek explained.
While members of congress have been issuing statements, many have basically said they're waiting on more information. "We don't even know the wording of the resolution," Peschek said. He did note that it is widely believed that any resolution will have an easier time making it through the Senate when compared to the House.
"I think it's by no means a foregone conclusion that President Obama is going to get the resolution of support from congress," the Professor noted.
Congressional leaders will weigh public opinion, the ramifications of the vote on their next campaign trail, and whether or not they want to publicly defy the President on an issue of national security. We understand the White House is tweaking the resolution in hopes of getting more support in Congress.
"What's going to be the action? What is its effect going to be? Have they (The White House) provided enough evidence to be persuasive?" Peschek wondered.
When this vote comes down, everyone will be keeping score.
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