McCain comments on Senate passed Syria amendments

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) released a statement on Wednesday regarding his amendments to the Authorization for the Use of Military Force in Syria.

The amendments to AUMF were co-sponsored with U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and called for a change on the Syrian battlefield. The amendments have passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee by voice vote.

"These amendments are vital to ensuring that any U.S. military operations in Syria are part of a broader strategy to change the momentum on the battlefield in Syria," McCain said. "That strategy must degrade the military capabilities of the Assad regime while upgrading the military capabilities of moderate Syrian opposition forces. These amendments would put the Congress on the record that this is the policy of the United States, as President Obama has assured me it is."

The first amendment changes the idea that both parties in Syria must meet and settle their differences peacefully to the idea the Assad must leave power and an end to the violence must take place for a stable Syria. Two additions were also made, one of which mentions that the U.S. has the policy to change momentum on the battlefield in Syria.

"I commend my colleagues on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for passing the two amendments that Senator Chris Coons and I introduced, which insist on the need to reverse the battlefield momentum in Syria that now favors Bashar al-Assad," McCain said.