Senate panel considers delaying vote on Syria authorization

WASHINGTON Wed Sep 4, 2013 11:08am EDT

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Foreign Relations Committee may delay a vote on an authorization for the use of military force in Syria that was expected on Wednesday, aides to committee members said, after some senators said they were unhappy with its wording.

Senators from the 18-member committee were in a classified hearing on Syria on Wednesday with Secretary of State John Kerry and James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.

Aides said they expected a decision after that session.

The committee had been expected to vote on Wednesday in a business meeting starting at 11:30 a.m. EDT on a draft authorization for the use of force in Syria that is narrower than the request made by President Barack Obama.

But some members, including the influential Republican Senator John McCain, said they were unhappy with the compromise crafted on Tuesday by Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, the committee's chairman, and Senator Bob Corker, the top Republican on the panel.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Vicki Allen)

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StephanLarose wrote:
You can’t “punish” a breach of int’l law with a breach of int’l law. Wait for the forensics to come in and do things lawfully, otherwise the message, as with Iraq, is that the U.S. is a hypocrite that cites the law when it’s convenient and disregards it when its not. We can’t live in a world like that, nobody can, the law must be upheld. Obey the will of the American people.

Sep 03, 2013 9:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
StephanLarose wrote:
Everyone voting to break int’l law in this instance should be indicted for war crimes.

Sep 03, 2013 9:46pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
xyz2055 wrote:
prolibertate..I admire your resolve. But contacting Congressman will fall on deaf ears. According to Real Clear Politics Polls, Congress currently has a 15% approval rating. Poll after poll shows that most American’s do not want the U.S. to take action in Syria. So what does the Senate do today..put together a Bill authorizing limited military action (no boots on the ground). John Boehner in the House is trying to drum up support for military action in Syria. And why should they care what the American people think. In the last election cycle Congress “enjoyed” an 11% approval rating and we re-elected them virtually in-toto back into office. The problem isn’t Congress! It’s the U.S. electorate. Dumber than a box of rocks. They just keep on drinking the koolaid. The Republicans and Democrats have the country almost equally divided. Campaign’s and elections look like college football games, where the country has almost equally taken sides and regardless of how big a jackass your candidate vote for him because he’s on your team. Everyone in this country should register as an Independent and break the crazy political circus that the Republicans and Democrats have going on.

Sep 03, 2013 9:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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