Senate panel votes to give President Obama authority to use force in Syria

In this Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in Syracuse, N.Y. President Barack Obama says a possible chemical weapons attack in Syria this week is a "big event of grave concern" that has hastened the timeframe for determining a U.S. response. He said it is going to "require America's attention." While he appeared to signal some greater urgency in responding, his comments were largely in line with his previous statements throughout the two-year conflict.(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
September 4, 2013 12:44:51 PM PDT
A Senate panel has voted to give President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack.

The vote Wednesday was 10-7, with one senator voting present. The full Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week.

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 on the ground for combat operations.

The Democratic chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, Sen. Bob Menendez, and the panel's top Republican, Sen. Bob Corker, crafted the resolution.

The vote marked the first time lawmakers have voted to authorize military action since the October 2002 votes giving President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq.

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