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Most City Representatives Undecided On Syria Intervention

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Most members of the city’s Congressional delegation have not decided whether to support President Barack Obama’s call for military intervention in Syria.

A survey of the 13-member delegation by NY1 found that only a handful of lawmakers support it and many more are either opposed are undecided.

Democrats Eliot Engel and Steve Israel are currently the only city representatives who agree with President Obama that the United States must act because the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against civilians in its civil war. Republican Rep. Peter King, who represents parts of Long Island, also supports military action.

Democrats Charles Rangel, Nydia Velazquez and Jose Serrano say they oppose any military strike, as does Republican Michael Grimm, who initially was in favor of military action before deciding to cast his vote against it.

Four other New York State representatives also oppose military action.

The remaining representatives are either undecided, while three have not yet responded to NY1's inquiry.

In the Senate, Charles Schumer announced Friday that he's in favor of limited military actionm while Kirsten Gillibrand has not said whether she will vote for intervention in Syria.

Congress is expected to debate and vote on a military strike later this month.
 

Where They Stand

As Congress prepares to vote on giving President Obama authorization to take military action in Syria, NY1 has begun tracking how New York State's Congressional delegation plans to vote. Below is our breakdown of where lawmakers stand.

*Members of the New York City delegation are denoted with an asterisk.

YES/LIKELY YES:
Rep. Eliot Engel (D-16th District)*
Rep. Steve Israel (D-3rd District)*
Rep. Peter King (R-2nd District)

NO/LIKELY NO:
Rep. Michael Grimm (R-11th District)*
Rep. Charles Rangel (D-13th District)*
Rep. Jose Serrano (D-15th District)*
Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-7th District)*
Rep. Chris Collins (R-27th District)
Rep. Chris Gibson (R-19th District)
Rep. Brian Higgins (D-26th District)
Rep. Tom Reed (R-23rd District)
Rep. Paul Tonko (D-20th District)

UNDECIDED:
Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-9th District)*
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-8th District)*
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-12th District)*
Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-5th District)*
Rep. Grace Meng (D-6th District)*
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-10th District)*
Rep. Timothy Bishop (D-1st District)
Rep. Richard Hanna (R-22nd District)
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-17th District)
Rep. Dan Maffei (D-24th District)
Rep. Bill Owens (D-21st District)
Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-18th District)
Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-25th District)

AWAITING RESPONSE:
Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-14th District)*
Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-4th District)

U.S. SENATE

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) - YES/LIKELY YES
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) - UNDECIDED

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