House Debates War Escalation

Brian Zick

Greg Sargent at TPM Cafe reports A minimum of 20 or 25, and possibly as many as 60 House GOPers are expected to break with their leadership and join Dems in backing the resolution. Though some liberal Dems are expressing disappointmemt with the measure, because it's nonbinding, it's nonetheless expected to pass with overwhelming Democratic support. The reason that many members of Congress who want stricter action will back this is that they recognize that this is a first step, that individual members can unveil their own tougher measures later, and that it's critically important that Dems use a straightforward nonbinding resolution like this one to divide the GOP and force Republicans to take a simple yes or no stand on escalation.

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