Senate to Set 90-Day Limit, Bar Ground Troops

Panel votes on Syria resolution tomorrow

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 3, 2013 8:31 PM CDT

(Newser) – Ninety days max and no ground troops: The Senate resolution authorizing President Obama to use military force against Syria will require those two conditions. The AP obtained a copy of the draft resolution that the Foreign Relations Committee will vote on tomorrow. It sets a time limit of 60 days and says the president could extend that for 30 days more unless Congress has a vote of disapproval. Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the committee, and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top Republican, agreed on the measure tonight. (John McCain got caught goofing off during today's hearing.)

Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, testifies on Capitol Hill.
Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, testifies on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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