The leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Sens. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., agreed Tuesday evening on the initial text of the authorization for use of military force in Syria.
Menendez issued a statement Tuesday night:
"Sharing President Obama's view that our nation is best served when we come together as one, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has crafted a bipartisan Authorization for the Use of Military Force that we believe reflects the will and concerns of Democrats and Republicans alike. Together we have pursued a course of action that gives the President the authority he needs to deploy force in response to the Assad regime’s criminal use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people, while assuring that the authorization is narrow and focused, limited in time, and assures that the armed forces of the United States will not be deployed for combat operations in Syria."
Read the full resolution below, obtained by Talking Points Memo, which the committee is to discuss Wednesday.
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A similar resolution will be introduced in the House Tuesday evening by Reps. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Gerald Connolly, D-Va. The Republican leadership, Speaker John Boehner of Ohio and Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, have endorsed giving authorization to the president.