Members of the House and Senate Return to Capitol Hill

Members of the House and Senate Return to Capitol Hill

Members of the House and Senate return to Capitol hill for the first time since President Obama proposed a US strike in Syria.
Members of the House and Senate return to Capitol hill for the first time since President Obama proposed a US strike in Syria.

Congress is back to work and expected to top the agenda, debate and votes on a resolution giving President Obama the go-ahead to take military action in Syria. 

Though it's far from certain how event will unfold, what does seem clear is the uphill battle the President faces to convince a divided Congress.  For once, the divide is not down party lines.

Democratic Representative Jim McGovern says Obama should withdraw his request for authorization.

"We're being told that there's 2 choices.  Do nothing or bomb Syria.  Clearly there has to be some other choices in between.  We ought to explore them."

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has already passed a rewritten authorization measure and the Senate could vote on it as early as Thursday or Friday.

The timeline for activity in the House is more vague but GOP leaders say they will wait for the Senate to act.  The Republican Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Mike Rogers supports Obama's call for military action in Syria but says the Administration has failed to make it's case to Congress and the American people.

"It is a confusing mess up to this point, and that has been I think their biggest challenge on what is an incredibly important issue, and this cannot be about Barack Obama.  It has to be what is in the best interest of the United States of America."

President Obama hasn't said whether he would proceed with a strike should Congress vote against his resolution but White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough says the President has the final say.

"The President ultimately is going to make his decision in consultation with Congress on our timeline, as best suits our interests."

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