House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. told reporters after meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House that she supports his plan for military intervention, but that the American people need to hear more about the intelligence that supports the action.
"There's work to be done. But it’s not a question of whipping, it’s a question of discussing with our members, hearing their views," Pelosi said. "And some won’t ever be comfortable with it – I myself, from the humanitarian standpoint think that waiting for the U.N. and waiting for Putin – the slowest ship in the convoy of reacting to the use of weapons of, of the chemical weapons by Assad – is a luxury that we cannot afford."
Pelosi said she does not think Congress will vote down the measure down, but she said she does not think congressional authorization is necessary. "I do think it’s a good thing," she said. "And I hope that we can achieve it."
Other Democrats agreed that Congress should support the use of force.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, emerged from the meeting saying she was "fully supportive of the president's action."
"We must do something. If we do nothing now and allow this to go on, it sends a message that chemical weapons then can be used," said Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger, D-Md. "That will affect the world. That will affect people in the region. Our allies. And that will affect us in the United States of America."
"Let me say very, very strongly I think it's important that we support the president," Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. "I think it's important that it's bipartisan. I hope we have heavy votes in both the House and the Senate...If we didn't respond in kind, it was sending message to every despot, every thug, every dictator, every terrorist group in the world that you can commit war crimes and murder your own citizens with impunity and nothing is going to happen."