US Senate panel likely to vote on Syria resolution Wednesday

September 4, 2013 20:02

WASHINGTON - The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee will likely vote later on Wednesday on a draft resolution authorizing the use of military force in Syria, several members of the panel said.

Several lawmakers, including Ranking Republican Senator Bob Corker, speaking to reporters about an hour after the public hearing on the vote was scheduled to begin, said they sense that the panel's vote will go ahead later on Wednesday but that discussions are continuing.  Senators from the 18-member committee were in a classified hearing on Syria on Wednesday with Secretary of State John Kerry and James Clapper, the director of national intelligence.

Aides said they expected a decision after that session.

The committee had been expected to vote on Wednesday in a business meeting starting at 11:30 a.m. EDT (1530 GMT) on a draft authorization for the use of force in Syria that is narrower than the request made by President Barack Obama.

But some members, including the influential Republican Senator John McCain, said they were unhappy with the compromise crafted on Tuesday by Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, the committee's chairman, and Senator Bob Corker, the top Republican on the panel.

Related Content

Breaking news
August 18, 2019
Britain to face fuel, food, medicine shortages in no-deal Brexit scenario


Cookie Settings