Pelosi sends fifth letter to Democrats on Syria

Boxer voted in favor of the Senate resolution to authorize military force in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee this week. It passed 10-7. 

Pelosi wrote in her Saturday letter:

“As Senator Boxer noted in her statement before committee, ‘And then in 2003, we passed the Syria Accountability Act by a vote of 89 to 4. I wrote that bill with Senator Santorum. We had a huge vote in favor of it. This is what it says: ‘acquisition of weapons of mass destruction…threatens the security of the Middle East and the national security interests of the United States.’”

Pelosi has been one of the most vocal Democratic proponents of military action in Syria in response to last month’s chemical weapons attack that the U.S. says killed more than 1,400.

Many lawmakers in her caucus, however, are hesitant, and most Democrats have remained undecided about supporting military action in Syria.

With many Republicans lining up against using military force in Syria, Democratic support on a resolution authorizing force will be critical for its passage in the House.

So far, 21 House Democrats have signaled they are likely or will support military action, while 31 Democrats are no or leaning no, according to The Hill’s Whip List.

That leaves most of the Democratic Caucus on the fence as Congress returns next week. Pelosi said in her Friday letter that there would be a caucus briefing on Tuesday with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.