President Barack Obama's proposal for taking action against Syria passed it's first legislative hurdle Wednesday, according to Reuters. The Senate foreign relations committee voted 10-7 (a narrow margin) in favor of military authorization of a strike against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The committee voted in favor of "a compromise resolution that sets a 60-day limit on any engagement in Syria, with a possible 30-day extension, and bars the use of U.S. troops on the ground for combat operations." The controversial bid is still facing much resistance in Congress, as lawmakers fear it may lead to prolonged U.S. military involvement in Syria's civil war and cause an increase in regional violence.
This initial vote is paving the way for a vote in the full Senate likely to occur next week. The House of Representatives also must approve the measure.
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