Speaker John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Debt ceiling games endanger US fiscal credibility — again MORE (R-Ohio) said it’s up to President Obama to win votes in Congress to authorize a strike against Syria.
BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerRift widens between business groups and House GOP Juan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Debt ceiling games endanger US fiscal credibility — again MORE gave his support for a limited military intervention on Tuesday and encouraged his conference to back Obama. But he offered no responsibility for ensuring the success of a congressional vote.
“Now, it is the president’s responsibility to make his case to the American people and their elected representatives," Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said.
"Everyone understands that it is an uphill battle to pass a resolution, and the Speaker expects the White House to provide answers to members’ questions and take the lead on any whipping effort," he said. "All votes authorizing the use of military force are conscience votes for members, and passage will require direct, continuous engagement from the White House.”
The statement followed up on Boehner’s statement backing Obama’s Syria plans, which came after the president met with congressional leaders at the White House Tuesday.
"I'm going to support the president's call for action," Boehner said, adding of chemical weapons use in Syria that "this type of behavior is not going to be tolerated."
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has also pledged her support. But the House vote remains up in the air, as lawmakers from both parties have expressed opposition to a strike.
It’s unclear how much of an impact the support of Boehner and Majority Leader Eric CantorEric Ivan CantorBottom line Virginia GOP candidates for governor gear up for convention Cantor: 'Level of craziness' in Washington has increased 'on both sides' MORE (R-Va.) will have on House Republicans, as GOP leaders have struggled multiple times this year to bring their rank-and-file on board for votes.