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GOP leadership split on Syria decision

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GOP leadership in the Senate and House remain divided on whether to grant authorize President Obama’s request for military action in Syria. While some have come out in favor of intervention, most remain skeptical.

House:

Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio: For intervention. “I’m going to support the president’s call for action and I believe my colleagues should support this call for action,” Boehner said.

Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va: For intervention. “I intend to vote to provide the President of the United States the option to use military force in Syria,” Cantor said.

Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif: Currently against, could be swayed. “I’m not there yet,” McCarthy told a California news station.

Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash: Skeptical, could be swayed. “I have a lot of concerns, I’m skeptical, but I’m going to listen and continue to learn,” Rodgers told the Washington Post.

Policy Committee Chairman James Lankford, R-Okla: Opposed. “I remain opposed to U.S. military intervention in Syria’s civil war,” Lankford said in a press release to reporters.

Senate:

Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky: Undecided, according to the Post.

Minority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas: Currently a no. "I am very concerned. At least so far, I haven't heard a plan that I can support,” Cornyn told a Texas news station.

Conference Chairman John Thune, R-S.D: Undecided. “I will withhold judgment on the resolution that eventually comes before the Senate until I have the opportunity to review the final authorization language,” Thune told the Washington Examiner.

Policy Committee Chairman John Barrasso, R-Wyo: Undecided. “He will wait until he can review the final language of resolution before making a decision,” Barrasso spokeswoman Laura Mengelkamp told the Examiner.

Conference Vice Chairman Roy Blunt, R-Mo: Skeptical. “The broad authority the president asked for creates lots of concern with me and others,” Blunt told CBS News.

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Ashe Schow

Commentary Writer
The Washington Examiner