- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 5, 2013

More black lawmakers are beginning to voice dissent over a U.S. military strike against Syria, and the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) has asked members to “limit public comment” until they know more about the issue, The Cable first reported.

A congressional aide to a CBC member told The Cable that the “eyebrow-raising” request was designed “to quiet dissent while shoring up support for President Obama’s Syria strategy.”

The CBC is scheduled to be briefed by White House National Security Advisor Susan Rice on Monday, the report said. Until then, Rep. Marcia Fudge has asked members to “limit public comment until [they] receive additional details,” Fudge spokeswoman Ayofemi Kirby told The Cable.

When asked if the White House had anything to do with Ms. Fudge’s request, National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said “the [Obama] Administration is reaching out to all Members to ensure they have the information they need to make an informed judgment on this issue.”

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