Senate Use-of-Force Resolution on Syria Coming Together

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0  Updated at 2:58 am, September 4th, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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Bloomberg via Getty Images (WASHINGTON)  — The Senate worked on its new use-of-force resolution Tuesday night, which would set a 60-day deadline for President Obama to act with limited military strikes on Syria.

The final language was still being worked out Tuesday night, Senate aides tell ABC News, but the proposal also would specifically restrict U.S. ground troops from being used.

This is a bipartisan agreement, reached by leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, that could be given preliminary consideration Wednesday afternoon.

Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., chairman of the committee, is negotiating the deal with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., the ranking Republican.

In a statement, Menendez signaled the outline of the agreement that limits the scope of the administration’s initial resolution. But he did not release details, because aides say the language is still being finalized — specifically the ban on the use of ground troops.

“Together we have pursued a course of action that gives the President the authority he needs to deploy force in response to the Assad regime’s criminal use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people, while assuring that the authorization is narrow and focused, limited in time, and assures that the Armed Forces of the United States will not be deployed for combat operations in Syria,” the statement said.

“With this agreement, we are one step closer to granting the President the authority to act in our national security interest,” it said.

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