Senate Panel Votes To Authorize Use Of Force In Syria

WASHINGTON (September 4, 2013)—The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Wednesday to give President Barack Obama authorization to use military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack on civilians.

The vote Wednesday was 10-7, with one senator voting present.

The full Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week.

The resolution would permit Mr. Obama to order a limited military mission against Syria, as long as the action doesn't exceed 90 days and doesn’t involve ground troops.

The Democratic chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Menendez, and the panel's top Republican, Sen. Bob Corker, crafted the resolution.

The vote marked the first time lawmakers have voted to authorize military action since the October 2002 votes giving President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq.

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