The head of the Congressional Black Caucus has reportedly asked members to keep quiet on Syria until they’ve received more information on President Obama’s proposed strikes. Even though many members from both sides of the aisle have been making appearances on all three major news networks, CBC members are apparently being cautioned to keep their views to themselves until they know more.
According to The Hill, CBC Chairwoman Marcia Fudge sent an email on Tuesday asking members “to limit public comment on the issue.”
“The chair believes Congress and the American public need more information, and she awaits more briefings between now and early next week before commenting further,” said Fudge’s spokesperson, Ayofemi Kirby, on Thursday.
Republicans are expected to overwhelmingly oppose the Syrian strikes, so President Obama will need support from members of the CBC and other Democrats.
We’ve obviously come a long way from 2011, when President Obama told CBC members and black listeners to stop complaining and “ake off your bedroom slippers and …put on your marching shoes.” Now, instead of being told to stop complaining, it seems that the White House has signaled to the CBC that it should just keep quiet and vote.
Many liberals in Congress fear that the mission in Syria could further destabilize the Mideast and lead to an increased U.S. role in the region. Even though President Obama has continually made the case for Syrian strikes, most Americans still remain opposed to U.S. involvement. An August Reuters poll found that just 9 percent of Americans felt that the president should act.
h/t: The Hill