Urgent: Legislative guidance on Syria resolutions in the House and Senate
Per Pergram-Capitol Hill
President Obama sent his draft resolution of a proposed resolution authorizing force to Capitol Hill Saturday night. It laid out eight concrete areas justifying the reasons for a possible strike.
First of all, it is rare that something written by the White House is adopted directly by Congress. So few surprises there.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) is saying there will be a new resolution. And keep in mind there is an open amendment process in the Senate. So this could change or there could be multiple proposals written in the coming days or offered on the floor during the debate.
Keep in mind that the House Foreign Affairs Committee will conduct a formal hearing on Syria Tuesday at 2:30 pm et.
The situation is a little different in the House as the Speaker and the Rules Committee would govern how the resolution is drafted and what if any amendments might be made in order.
Republican leadership sources say they have no sense of how that may go yet. But they expect a decision to be made on how to proceed later this week.
It is entirely possible that the leadership could allow several different proposals in order to provide “cover” for different members…yet simultaneously bolster the resolution…or tie the president’s hands.
Lawmakers seem very reluctant right now to commit to the outline the White House sent to Capitol Hill last night. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) said that the resolution in the way it was written now was a “blank check.”
Senior Producer for Capitol Hill