Senate committee approves authorization of U.S. military action in Syria
Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, released a statement on the matter on Wednesday. Carney said the White House commended the Senate for moving quickly and working across party lines for the nation's security.
"We believe America is stronger when the President and Congress work together," Carney said. "The military action authorized in the resolution would uphold America's national security interests by degrading (Bashar al-Assad's) chemical weapons capability and deterring the future use of these weapons, even as we pursue a broader strategy of strengthening the opposition to hasten a political transition in Syria."
Carney said the White House will continue to work with Congress for a military response meant to enforce the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons while protecting U.S. national security interests.
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), the ranking member of the committee, said the resolution prevents boots on the ground and limits the duration of any military action.
"None of us want the U.S. mired down in another conflict, so the committee has significantly limited the president's original authorization, while still providing for an appropriate use of force in response to Assad's use of chemical weapons," Corker said. "It prevents boots on the ground, limits the duration of any military action, and requires a progress report on the administration's overall Syria policy. As we now move to the full Senate, the American people deserve a full and open debate about U.S. interests in Syria."