A resolution to engage with Syria passed another hurdle Wednesday, but Vermont's delegation may be split on what the U.S. should do.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 in favor of military action involving no boots on the ground and lasting no longer than 90 days.
Political scientist Eric Davis says the vote in the full Senate will be close, where 60 "yays" will be needed to overcome an expected filibuster and could provide momentum for the even tougher sell in the House.
"It would be harder for the House to vote against the resolution that passed with a bipartisan majority in the Senate, and has the president strongly behind it after a nationally televised speech, and the speaker and the other Republican leaders in the House. But, we've seen on some other issues in the House recently, what some would call the 'just say no caucus' among House Republicans is very strong and you add those members to some progressive Democrats who don't want to support any military action either and I would say the vote is very close," Davis said.
Political scientist Eric Davis says though Vermont's politicians have not taken explicit positions, he expects Sen. Patrick Leahy will ultimately vote yes.
Sanders expressed reservations Wednesday and Davis says he's unsure where Rep. Peter Welch will fall. But Davis says no matter what side they take, it's important they explain their choices to voters.
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