Senate likely to pass 'more tailored' act on Syria, chairman says

By REUTERS
September 3, 2013 17:02

 
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WASHINGTON - A resolution authorizing the use of military force in Syria will likely pass the US Senate but not without specific changes, the head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee said on Tuesday, ahead of a hearing to consider US plans.

"I believe that we will get there," the committee's chairman, Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, said when asked if the Senate had the 60 votes needed to pass the resolution.

But, he added, "I think our resolution that we will ultimately see will be far more tailored than what the administration sent us."

"At the end of the day, (it) will strike the balance between the need to act and act in a way that meets our goals and not create an open-ended, boots-on-the-ground long-term proposition," he told CNBC in the interview.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will present the Obama administration's case for US military action at the hearing, which is set to begin at 2:30 p.m. ET (1830 GMT).

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