Washington, Sept. 5 (AP): A Senate panel voted yesterday to give President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack, adding momentum to the White House’s push to win congressional backing for a strike.
The vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was the first in a series as the President’s request makes its way through congressional panels before coming before the two chambers of Congress for a final vote.
The full Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week. Obama’s top advisers yesterday took the argument for action to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, where the support seen in the Senate will be harder to find.
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.
The Senate committee vote was 10-7, with one senator voting present. It marked the first time lawmakers have voted to authorise military action since the October 2002 votes giving President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq.