Tuesday, September 3, 2013

BREAKING: Senators strike deal on new resolution authorizing force against Syria


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Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee reached an agreement late today on the wording of a new resolution authorizing U.S. military force against the Syrian government.

The resolution would permit up to 60 days of military action against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and gives President Obama the option to extend military operations by 30 days pending congressional notification, according to Senate aides.


Wapo reports:
The resolution also bars the deployment of U.S. combat troops into Syria, but would permit the deployment of a small rescue mission, in the event of an emergency, the aides said.

Obama also would be required within 30 days of enactment of the resolution to send Congress a plan for a diplomatic solution to end the violence in Syria, according to a senior Senate aide familiar with the agreement.

The committee is expected to begin debating the new resolution Wednesday and Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) is expected to schedule a vote for early next week, aides said.


  1. Just in time for the NFL season.

  2. GOP opposition was overcome when Buck Turgidson was placed in charge of the operation.