Senate Panel Votes to Authorize Syria Strike

A key Senate committee voted Wednesday to authorize a military strike in Syria.

The vote came after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had to hit pause to address concerns from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and other lawmakers. McCain has been Obama's biggest cheerleader on Capitol Hill for a strike in Syria, but shook up the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when he said Wednesday morning that he would not support the use-of-force resolution in its draft form.

"There are a number of people who are unhappy," McCain told reporters on Capitol Hill. Asked if he supported the measure, McCain said, "In its current form, I do not."

The committee delayed the start of its meeting Wednesday afternoon to address the concerns of McCain and others. McCain pushed for more aggressive language in the resolution, and was able to win adoption of an amendment later Wednesday that calls for U.S. action to be aimed at changing the momentum on the ground.

It's still unclear, though, whether a coalition exists in the House to adopt the authorization.

The Senate resolution on the table puts a 90-day limit on action and says no American troops can be sent to Syria. The draft language also calls on the administration to submit to Congress its strategy for "achieving a political settlement" in Syria.

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