Members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) will be no rubber stamp for President Obama’s proposal to strike Syria.

Black Democrats were among the most consistently vocal opponents of the Iraq war a decade ago, and they’re now among the most reluctant to endorse a U.S. attack on Bashar Assad’s forces in response to the Syrian strongman’s alleged use of chemical weapons on civilians.

A handful of CBC members are already on record saying they’d oppose a use-of-force resolution on the House floor, while a growing number, although publicly uncommitted, are voicing strong reservations.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) said Thursday that she is “not prepared to suggest that there is no basis” for strikes, but she wants assurances that the attacks won’t put U.S. troops in harms way.

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