UPDATE: 3:25 PM EST
According to AP, Senate Foreign Relations Committee approves resolution authorizing military force in Syria with a vote of 10-7.
Yesterday, Obama obtained congressional backing over the strike, winning support from House Speaker John Boehner and striking an agreement between Senate Democrats and Republicans that will back a no-combat-troops-on-the-ground action.
The measure would receive a vote Wednesday in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and approval is likely.
The resolution was drafted by Sens. Robert Menendez and Bob Corker of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and will limit military action in Syria to 60 days, with potential for a 30-day extension, and forbid the use of American troops on the ground.
“Together we have pursued a course of action that gives the President the authority he needs to deploy force in response to the Assad regime’s criminal use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people, while assuring that the authorization is narrow and focused, limited in time, and assures that the Armed Forces of the United States will not be deployed for combat operations in Syria,” Menendez said in a statement.
Corker noted that the report also requires the Obama administration to produce a report detailing U.S. support for vetted, moderate opposition groups in Syria.
“I look forward to the input from my colleagues on the committee and in Congress who will have an opportunity to weigh in on what we’ve produced,” Corker said. “This is one of the most serious matters that comes before the Congress, so as we proceed to a potentially defining vote next week, the president and his administration must continue to vigorously make their case to the American people.”
The White House hasn’t publicly commented on the Senate measure, but Secretary of State John Kerry said during his testimony before the committee that the troop restriction was acceptable to the administration.
“There’s no problem in our having the language that has zero capacity for American troops on the ground,” he said.
We’ll keep you updated on what’s next for Syria.