Black lawmakers told to keep quiet


An aide to the Congressional Black Caucus calls the request “eyebrow-raising,” Foreign Policy’s The Cable reports.

Caucus Chairwoman Marcia Fudge (D-Ohio) sent an email Tuesday to members asking them “to limit public comment” on Syria.

Although a number of prominent black lawmakers have reserved judgment on whether to strike Syria, some have become the most vocal opponents of President Obama’s proposal, The Hill reports.

“I haven’t really felt that America’s security’s being threatened at all,” Rep. Charles Rangel (D-N.Y.) told MSNBC Wednesday. “Not even indirectly.”

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) are also skeptical of Obama’s plan.

“I’m not at all certain that it’s a monolithic vote,” Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., tells USA Today. Each member is going to look at what these actions mean for our nation, and then we’re going to relate it to the concerns of our constituents.”

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