Senate Split on Syria

To vote on a bill, the normal strategy needed is to reach across the aisle and muster support from the opposite party. For the force bill which Majority Leader Harry Reid will move to the floor next week, however, opinion seems to be equally split between Democrats and Republicans. Senator Collins said the White House is going to have to work to get senators’ votes, and Senator Mikulski from Maryland said “I’m not ready to vote on a resolution. I have more questions than I have answers and I hope to get them over the course of today and tomorrow.” Senator Marco Rubio has again flip flopped to now oppose force, whereas Senator McCain is clear that force is absolutely needed for national security. Party Leadership from both sides are going to have to work hard to get 60 votes to end debate, and they have limited time.