Do You Think Congress Will Authorize Bombing Syria?

A partnership of Slate and the New America Foundation.
Sept. 6 2013 11:12 AM

Will Congress Let Obama Bomb Syria?

Share your predictions.

Now that President Obama has revealed his intentions toward Syria, the question is whether Congress will grant him the authorization that he says he doesn’t really need anyway. Though party leaders support intervention, opinions are split within the parties themselves. Some representatives say that intervention will be ineffectual or suck the U.S. into another Middle Eastern conflict, while proponents say that the failure to intervene will encourage dictators to use chemical weapons in the future. Due to the disagreement within the parties, it’s difficult to predict how Congress will vote when it reconvenes on Monday. The Washington Post reports that most representatives at least lean against intervention, but many remain undecided, and the White House is still working to gain votes.

Which way will Congress turn? Below, predict the vote in the House and Senate and see the predictions of other Slate readers.

LOADING...

Chris Kirk is Slate's interactives editor. Follow him on Twitter.

TODAY IN SLATE

Politics

The Irritating Confidante

John Dickerson on Ben Bradlee’s fascinating relationship with John F. Kennedy.

My Father Invented Social Networking at a Girls’ Reform School in the 1930s

Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real

Sleater-Kinney Was Once America’s Best Rock Band

Can it be again?

The All The President’s Men Scene That Captured Ben Bradlee

Medical Examiner

Is It Better to Be a Hero Like Batman?

Or an altruist like Bruce Wayne?

Technology

Driving in Circles

The autonomous Google car may never actually happen.

The World’s Human Rights Violators Are Signatories to the World’s Human Rights Treaties

How Punctual Are Germans?

  News & Politics
Politics
Oct. 22 2014 12:44 AM We Need More Ben Bradlees His relationship with John F. Kennedy shows what’s missing from today’s Washington journalism.
  Business
Moneybox
Oct. 21 2014 5:57 PM Soda and Fries Have Lost Their Charm for Both Consumers and Investors
  Life
Outward
Oct. 22 2014 9:00 AM Wailing Against the Pansies: Homophobia in Whiplash
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 21 2014 3:03 PM Renée Zellweger’s New Face Is Too Real
  Slate Plus
Working
Oct. 22 2014 6:00 AM Why It’s OK to Ask People What They Do David Plotz talks to two junior staffers about the lessons of Working.
  Arts
Brow Beat
Oct. 21 2014 9:42 PM The All The President’s Men Scene That Perfectly Captured Ben Bradlee’s Genius
  Technology
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 8:43 AM Thunderstruck: Rock Out With Mother Nature’s Evil Side
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 22 2014 7:30 AM An Illusion That Makes Me Happy and Sad
  Sports
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.