Senate panel votes to authorize force in Syria

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., listens at right as the committee's ranking Republican Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, during the committee's hearing to consider the authorization for use of military force in Syria. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., listens at right as the committee's ranking Republican Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, during the committee's hearing to consider the authorization for use of military force in Syria. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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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Additional information:

Yes votes:

  • 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

No votes:

  • 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

Leadership

  • Robert Menendez, Chairman, (D) New Jersey
  • Bob Corker, Ranking Member, (R) Tennessee

Majority

  • 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

Minority

  • 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
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