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Members of Congress Doubt Syria Resolution Will Pass

Sunday, 01 Sep 2013 11:54 AM

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Key members of Congress predicted Sunday that President Barack Obama's resolution seeking approval of military action in Syria will have a tough time passing both chambers.

Republican Rep. Peter King of New York said that if Congress voted today for a military strike against Syria "it would probably be a no vote."

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"I'm hoping by the time next week comes around and, hopefully, the president can make his case that he will be he able to get a majority of the House of Representatives,” King said on "Fox News Sunday." "Right now, it would be difficult."

King cited the "increasing isolationist wing" in the Republican Party as a roadblock for passage, saying "it is damaging to the party and to the nation."

Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky said on NBC's "Meet the Press" that there was only a "50-50 chance" the House would vote in favor of the resolution.

"It's a mistake to get involved in the Syrian civil war," Paul said. "I would ask John Kerry, 'Do you think if it's more likely or less likely that we'll have less refugees in Jordan, or if Israel will suffer an attack?'"

"But you ask John Kerry whether or not he'll stick by the decision of Congress, and I believe he waffled on that and wobbled and wasn't exactly concrete that they would," he said. "I think it's at least 50-50 whether or not the House will vote down involvement in the Syrian war."

Paul said, however, "I think the Senate will rubber-stamp what (Obama) wants."

Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma also doubted that Congress will approve the use of military force and charged Obama with retreating on the issue.

"If you’re going to say something, you’ve got to back it up, and this president clearly has retreated from the position that he took, not just in the last couple of days, but about a week ago when he talked about a red line,” Inhofe said on "Fox News Sunday."

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"A week ago I said I would oppose going in and having military intervention against Syria," Inhofe said. "It may sound real easy when people like Secretary [John] Kerry say that this is going to be quick and we’re going to go in, and we’re going to send a few cruise missiles, wash our hands and go home. It doesn't work that way. This could be a war in the Middle East. It's serious."

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