Senate Syria resolution would limit military action to 90 days

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By Susan Davis, USA TODAY

WASHINGTON--A new use-of-force resolution proposed in the Senate would set a 60-day deadline for military action in Syria, with one 30-day extension possible, according to a draft of the resolution.

The proposal, drafted by Sens. Robert Menendez and Bob Corker, the chairman and ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will also bar the involvement of U.S. ground forces in Syria, according to the draft resolution.

"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," Menendez said in a statement.

The resolution could be voted on by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as early as Wednesday.

Meanwhile, in the House, Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., and Gerald Connolly, D-Va., introduced a draft resolution that would limit the duration of President Obama's authority to 60 days.

It also specifically prohibits any American forces on the ground in Syria and restricts the president from repeating the use of force beyond the initial punitive strikes unless Obama certifies to Congress that the Syrian forces have repeated their use of chemical weapons;

Earlier on Tuesday, Obama said he was open to lawmakers rewriting his resolution seeking authorization for the use of force, which was criticized as too broad in scope by lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

"I would not be going to Congress if I wasn't serious about consultations," Obama said. "I'm confident that we're going to be able to come up with something that hits that mark."

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