WASHINGTON (CBSNewYork) — The United States moved one step closer to launching military action against Syria on Wednesday, as a Senate panel voted to authorize force against President Bashar Assad’s regime, CBS 2’s Dick Brennan reported.
Legislation backing the use of force against the Syrian government cleared the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on a 10-7 vote after it was stiffened at the last minute to include a pledge of support for “decisive changes to the present military balance of power” in Syria’s civil war. It also would rule out U.S. combat operations on the ground.
The measure is expected to reach the Senate floor next week, although the timing for a vote is uncertain. Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky conservative with strong tea party ties, has threatened a filibuster.