U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama says he's opposed to a resolution for the use of American military force in Syria.
The senator announced his position Tuesday after attending a Senate Republican Conference lunch with President Barack Obama.
Shelby says the president failed to articulate a compelling American interest in Syria's civil war. He also says the president failed to explain what he intends to achieve, or how he intends to achieve it.
Shelby said "I will vote against President Obama's plan because it appears that he does not really have one."
Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama is playing the same role in opposition to a sweeping immigration bill that he was in during the presidency of George W. Bush.
Republican leadership argues the bill is critical to any chance for a national comeback for the party out of power in Washington.
The Republican lawmaker says the legislation headed for passage in the Senate would cost the nation jobs and depress wages. He says it's not paid for and it would not guarantee better border enforcement.
Members of Alabama's congressional delegation say the Obama administration should continue pursuing BP over the Gulf oil spill.
The company has agreed to pay $4.5 billion in criminal penalties, but many civil claims over the 2010 oil spill aren't resolved.
Sen. Jeff Sessions of Mobile says he hopes the Justice Department continues pursuing BP under the Clean Water Act and the Restore Act, which was passed to send money to communities affected by the spill.