US Senate panel approves resolution on Syria military strikes
WASHINGTON — The US Senate’s foreign relations committee approved a resolution on Wednesday authorising limited military intervention in Syria, setting the stage for a contentious debate in the full Senate next week on the use of force. The committee voted 10-7 in favour of a compromise resolution that sets a 60-day limit on any engagement in Syria, with a possible 30-day extension, and bars the use of US troops on the ground for combat operations. The compromise is more limited than President Barack Obama’s original proposal but would meet his administration’s goal of punishing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government for what the US says was the use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians, killing more than 1,400 people.
Democrat Ed Markey voted "present", saying in a statement that he was still undecided. The full Democratic-controlled Senate is expected to vote on the resolution next week.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives also must approve it. Both votes are expected to be close, as scores of lawmakers in both parties have yet to stake out a public position other than to say they are looking for more answers.
Mr Obama and administration officials have urged Congress to act quickly, saying US national security and international credibility is at stake in the decision on whether to use force in Syria in response to the use of chemical weapons. "If we don’t take a stand here today, I guarantee you, we are more likely to face far greater risks to our security and a far greater likelihood of conflict that demands our action in the future," Secretary of State John Kerry told the House foreign affairs committee on Wednesday.
"Assad will read our silence, our unwillingness to act, as a signal that he can use his weapons with impunity," Mr Kerry said.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business DaySimilar Stories