With a vote of 10-7 in favor, the U.S. Senate Sept. 4 - Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution authorizing a limited U.S. military intervention in Syria, setting the stage for a debate in the full Senate next week on the use of military force. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution on Wednesday (September 4) authorizing a limited U.S. military intervention in Syria, setting the stage for a debate in the full Senate next week on the use of military force. The committee voted 10-7 in favor of a compromise resolution that sets a 60-day limit on any engagement in Syria and bars the use of U.S. troops on the ground for combat operations. The compromise is more limited than President Barack Obama's original proposal but meets the administration's goal of punishing Syria for what the U.S. government says is the use of chemical weapons on Syrian civilians, killing more than 1,400 people. The authorization still faces significant resistance in Congress, where many lawmakers fear it could lead to a prolonged U.S. military involvement in Syria's civil war and spark an escalation of regional violence. The full Senate is expected to vote on the resolution next week. The House of Representatives also must approve the measure.