Senate Panel Approves Syria Use Of Force Resolution


The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed Wednesday a revised authorization for military action in Syria, including new language effectively making regime change the goal of the intervention.

The resolution passed with 10 ayes, seven nays and one present. Republicans Bob Corker (TN), Jeff Flake (AZ) and John McCain (AZ) joined seven Democrats in approving the resolution. Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM) joined Republicans including Marco Rubio (FL) and Rand Paul (KY) in voting against the resolution. Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) voted present.

The new resolution includes sure-to-controversial language, introduced by McCain, that the goal of U.S. military intervention is to¬†“change the moment on the battlefield in Syria.”