Pelosi not sure House Democrats will back Syria resolution

September 5, 2013

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said she's not sure whether a majority of House Democrats will support the use of force in Syria.

"I don’t know," Pelosi said in an interview with Time magazine. "I think it would be important to get a majority in the Congress. But I don’t know if it’s important how you would break it down. These issues are not really partisan."

Despite Pelosi's comments, it has become clear that a strong majority of House Republicans are likely to oppose the resolution, meaning it would need strong support among Democrats to pass in the GOP-controlled House.

So far, The Fix's whip count has 22 House Democrats opposing military action and 23 leaning toward opposing it. Combined, that means about one-quarter of House Democrats are likely to vote "no," at this point.

In the same interview, Pelosi praised President Obama for bringing the matter to a vote in Congress.

"I certainly do think that it’s a sign of strength," Pelosi said. "I would say he’s a tough hombre."

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Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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