Foreign Relations Committee Sets Up Full Senate Showdown

Jonathan Weisman reports that the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a vote this afternoon, approved an authorization of force against the Syrian regime. The committee vote sets up a showdown next week in the full Senate on whether the president should have the authority to carry out the strike.

“The 10-7 vote showed bipartisan support for a strike, but bipartisan opposition as well,” Weisman wrote. “Yes votes included Senators John McCain, Republican of Arizona, Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, and Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona. No votes included Democratic Senators Tom Udall of New Mexico and Chris Murphy of Connecticut. The Senate’s newest member, Edward Markey, Democrat of Massachusetts, voted present.”