WASHINGTON (AP) – A Senate panel has voted to give President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack.
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 Obama to order a limited military mission against Syria, as long as it doesn’t exceed 90 days and involves no American troops on the ground for combat operations.
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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- “The Authorization of Use of Force in Syria” U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing (9/3/2013)
- Business Meeting: U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (9/4/2013)
Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against the Government of Syria to Respond to Use of Chemical Weapons
- Seven Democrats – Robert Menendez, Barbara Boxer, Benjamin Cardin, Jeanne Shaheen, Christopher Coons, Richard Durbin, and Tim Kaine
- Three Republicans – Bob Corker, John McCain, and Jeff Flake
- Two Democrats - Tom Udall and Chris Murphy
- Five Republicans – James Risch, Marco Rubio, Ron Johnson, John Barrasso, and Rand Paul
Senator Edward Markey (D) voted “present.”
Note: A “present” vote is a neither a “yes” or “no” vote. When looking at the passage of a bill, “present” would effectively be a “no” vote as the number of “yes” votes are what is needed for the bill to move on. However, it usually means the person was in support of the bill in concept, but not enough to be put into action.
Members on the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
- Robert Menendez, Chairman, (D) New Jersey
- Bob Corker, Ranking Member, (R) Tennessee
- Barbara Boxer, (D) California
- Benjamin L. Cardin, (D) Maryland
- Jeanne Shaheen, (D) New Hampshire
- Christopher Coons, (D) Delaware
- Richard J. Durbin, (D) Illinois
- Tom Udall, (D) New Mexico
- Chris Murphy, (D) Connecticut
- Tim Kaine, (D) Virginia
- Edward J. Markey, (D) MA
- James E. Risch, (R) Idaho
- Marco Rubio, (R) Florida
- Ron Johnson, (R) Wisconsin
- Jeff Flake, (R) Arizona
- John McCain, (R) Arizona
- John Barrasso, (R) Wyoming
- Rand Paul, (R) Kentucky