Syria resolution sets deadline, bars ground forces
By DONNA CASSATA Associated Press September 3, 2013 7:52PM
In this photo provided by the U.S. Navy, an F/A-18E Super Hornet assigned to the Argonauts of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 147 prepares to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz in the Red Sea on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2013. The USS Truman arrived in the region to take the place of the USS Nimitz, which was supposed to head home. But the Navy ordered the Nimitz to stay for now. U.S. officials, however, have described the decision as prudent planning and have said it doesn't suggest the Nimitz would play a role in any possible strikes in Syria. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy, MC3 Nathan R. McDonald, Released)
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Updated: September 3, 2013 8:07PM
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force against Syria would bar American ground troops for combat operations and set a deadline for any action.
The Associated Press obtained a copy of the draft resolution that the Foreign Relations Committee will vote on Wednesday.
The measure would set a time limit of 60 days and says the president can extend that for 30 days more with congressional approval.
Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez, chairman of the committee, and Sen. Bob Corker, the top Republican, agreed on the measure late Tuesday.