Report: McCain Says He Won’t Support Senate’s Syria Resolution


Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said Wednesday that he doesn’t support the Senate’s version of the resolution to authorize force in Syria, MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt reported on air.

According to Hunt, McCain said that he’s opposed to the resolution because it “doesn’t make any reference to changing the momentum on the ground in Syria” and it also fails to arm the Free Syrian Army, a rebel group fighting the Assad regime there. The Arizona Republican indicated that several other senators share his misgivings about the resolution.

Although he left the door open to voting against the Syria resolution, McCain suggested Tuesday at a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing that it would send a “seriously bad message” if Congress voted against taking military action. On Monday, McCain said it would be “catastrophic” if Congress failed to pass the resolution.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has produced its initial draft of the authorization to use force, a resolution that Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), the chair of that panel, said “hits the sweet spot.”



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