US Senate measure has 90-day deadline on Syria action

Posted: September 11, 2013 in Current Affairs, World Affairs
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Leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said Tuesday they reached an agreement on a draft resolution to use military force in Syria, setting a 60-day deadline, with one 30-day extension possible for the intervention — while also barring the involvement of ground forces in the conflict.

Congress this week is debating President Barack Obama’s push for a military response to what he says was Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons against his own people last month on the outskirts of the capital Damascus.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee re-worded the resolution put forward by the White House to restrict it to “limited and tailored use of the United States Armed Forces against Syria, according to a copy of the draft obtained by AFP.

The authorization provided by the resolution “shall terminate 60 days after the date of the enactment of this joint resolution, except that the president may extend, for a single period of 30 days, such authorization” if he deems it necessary for the carrying out of such military operations, according to the measure.

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