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September 3, 2013 - 8:44 am

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) emerged from a congressional meeting with President Obama this morning in favor of the White House’s call for action against the Assad regime.

“I am going to support the president’s call for action,” Boehner said, adding “this is something the country needs to do.”

“The use of these weapons has to be responded to,” he told reporters.

“The Speaker offered his support for the president’s call to action, and encourages all Members of Congress to do the same. Now, it is the president’s responsibility to make his case to the American people and their elected representatives,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement. “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. All votes authorizing the use of military force are conscience votes for members, and passage will require direct, continuous engagement from the White House.”

Boehner wrote Obama nearly a week ago asking for answers to several questions about possible intervention in Syria.

“I have conferred with the chairmen of the national security committees who have received initial outreach from senior Administration officials, and while the outreach has been appreciated, it is apparent from the questions above that the outreach has, to date, not reached the level of substantive consultation,” the speaker wrote then. “It will take Presidential leadership and a clear explanation of our policy, our interests, and our objectives to gain public and Congressional support for any military action against Syria. After spending the last 12 years fighting those who seek to harm our fellow citizens, our interests, and our allies, we all have a greater appreciation of what it means for our country to enter into conflict. It will take that public support and congressional will to sustain the Administration’s efforts, and our military, as well as their families, deserve to have the confidence that we collectively have their backs – and a thorough strategy in place.”

After Obama announced Saturday that he would seek authorization from Congress, Boehner said in a joint statement with Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) that “under the Constitution, the responsibility to declare war lies with Congress.”

“We are glad the president is seeking authorization for any military action in Syria in response to serious, substantive questions being raised,” the GOP leaders said. “In consultation with the president, we expect the House to consider a measure the week of September 9th. This provides the president time to make his case to Congress and the American people.”

Both Democrats and Republicans have reportedly been informed that they will not be whipped on the vote and can go whichever way they choose.

Boehner encouraged his colleagues to support the president on Syria, though.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) also said she’s backing Obama on strikes.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) urged Obama to make his case “not only to Congress, but to the American people in a national address.”

“I appreciate President Obama holding a meeting today at the White House. Unfortunately, many questions are still left unanswered,” Cornyn said. “The president needs to explain in detail what vital national interests are at stake, his plan for securing these interests and a clear definition of what success looks like in Syria.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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So it's come to this, Boehner has gone from being a useless sob sister to being a useful idiot for Obama,s incompetence, the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaida. Maybe McCain can ride the bombs down a la Slim Pickens in Dr. Strangelove. What a bunch of fools running our government.
Hillary can run in 2016 on a platform of bankruptcy at home and incoherence abroad.
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I wonder what the NSA & IRS have on him & Cantor.
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It's time for the Republican caucus to replace Boehner.

If the Republicans support Obama on this, it will be the end of the Republican Party.
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Hey Boehner, in case your interested, your latest statement about supporting obama on attacking Syria, has just cost the GOP their last political donation from me.
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Go ahead John jump in bed with McCain's pal and while your at it resign the speakership you bumbling moron !
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If this move ends the political career of Bonehead and McCrap I am all for it.
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What an utter disgrace for Ohio and the nation.
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A military strike on Assad is a heavy investment that not only offers zero return, but poses substantial risks beyond that. If this administration was remotely clever in foreign policy, they would send Dennis Rodman as a goodwill ambassador along with Michael Moore as his adviser. I bet there would be no more deadly gas issues after that.
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Boehner wears the cuckold's horns.
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Bootlicker Boehner should try to get his job back sweeping out the bar.
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He's done licking boots. He's licking something else.
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Wouldn't it be nice if someone in charge evaluated a course of action based on the best interests of the country rather than political expediency?
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Unfortunately, we don't have the heads in congress to do anything near rational thinking. It has left the room. To children. In adult bodies.
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When the UN was over run in Uganda / Congo and paid bribes to get 500 UN maroons out of kidnap situation the USG, World Gov, UN crooks thieves & liars did nothing after pulling out- the let 5 million get chopped up, shot, rapped beaten etc from 9 months to 90 years old- ALL Politicians could NOT use the word Genocide in pubic or a UN mandate forced the UN back in- Clinton & rest of the world did NOT SAY A FLUKING word until the land ran red with blood - they did nothing
I suggest they do the same with Syria- the world did not care then so who cares now ? It is a Civil war, let them fight it out- look at the results of the Veggie supporting Egypt & Libya
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The spineless one strikes again. Has Boehner ever seen a Democrat initiative he didn't support?
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It is a shame that Ariel Castro committed suicide. There was an Ohioan with stronger morals than Boehner. Toilet-licking maggots are hard to find!
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