House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi appears to approve of the language of the Senate resolution to authorize the use of military force in Syria.
The California Democrat issued a “Dear Colleague” letter Thursday citing the Senate measure and informing her colleagues that the House would meet Friday in a pro forma session so the resolution can be filed in the Senate “in a timely manner.”
“The Senate resolution addresses some of the concerns expressed by many of our House members,” Pelosi’s letter said. “Specifically, the resolution prevents boots on the ground, ties the authorization more closely to the use of chemical and other weapons of mass destruction, and has a limited timetable.”
Even so, by nodding to the resolution approved Wednesday by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Pelosi may be signaling that she’d like the House to simply vote on the Senate language, rather than drafting its own joint resolution.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.