10-7: Senate Panel OKs Force in Syria
Full chamber votes next week
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 4, 2013 2:40 PM CDT
Senate Foreign Relations Committee members Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz, right, and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., talk on Capitol Hill Wednesday.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – A Senate panel has voted to give President Obama the authority to use military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack. The tally in the Foreign Relations Committee was 10-7, setting up a vote in the full Senate 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 voting breakdown suggests the White House has some work to do before next week's vote. Obama won the support of three Republicans—John McCain, Jeff Flake, and Bob Corker—but he lost the support of two Democrats—Tom Udall and Chris Murphy. Democrat Ed Markey voted present. In all, five Republicans, including Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, voted against the measure, reports Politico.

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Sep 5, 2013 3:23 AM CDT
Why do we care? Our military is expendable as they're all volunteers right? Another trillion cost here or there won't make a difference to our deficit. The NFL is starting, so don't do it during a game day.
Sep 5, 2013 3:05 AM CDT
They just refuse to do the will of the people. Elections are coming, make them pay. Put them on the unemployment line.
Sep 5, 2013 1:09 AM CDT
The UN inspectors' report has not yet been delivered. Sounds like Ed Markey's present vote was a good call given that the vote is premature.