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Senate panel passes Syria force resolution 10-7, Risch votes no

Idaho GOP Sen. Jim Risch was among the minority in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee just now opposing a bipartisan resolution giving President Obama authority to use limited military force against Syria in response to a deadly chemical weapons attack; the resolution, crafted by the panel’s Democratic chairman and GOP ranking member, passed on a 10-7 vote. Five Republicans and two Democrats opposed it; seven Democrats and three Republicans supported it; while one Democat, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., voted “present.” The measure now moves to the full Senate for a vote next week.

It would permit the president to order a limited military mission against Syria, as long as it doesn't exceed 90 days and involves no American troops on the ground for combat operations; you can read the full resolution here. Among Republicans voting in favor of the measure were Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake. CBSNews has a full report here on the debate and vote; the New York Times has one here.


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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