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Congress Takes Step Toward Authorizing Attack on Syria



The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted Wednesday to approve a resolution that would give President Barack Obama the ability to use military force in response to the Syrian government’s reported use of chemical weapons against its own citizens.

After a day of closed-door meetings followed by markups of the resolution, the committee passed it by a 10-7 vote

Two notable senators and probable Republican candidates for president in 2016 — Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — voted against the resolution. Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (R-N.J.), ranking member Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) were among those that voted yes. Only Massachusetts Democrat Edward Markey declined to take a position, voting present. Read more…

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