The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted, 14-5, to approve a resolution that would authorize United States participation in the NATO-led mission in Libya.
The resolution was offered by Chairman John Kerry (D-MA), and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), which authorized continued participation of the U.S. military, but banned troops on the ground. It authorized the mission for up to one year after the date of enactment, unless NATO ends it sooner.
This now goes to the Senate floor, where the outcome is uncertain. Democratic aides say it is unlikely the Kerry-McCain resolution will be voted on by the full Senate this week. The Senate is in recess next week -- so any action would come the week of July 11.
Here’s the breakdown of the vote:
YEAS: Kerry, Boxer, Menendez, Cardin, Casey, Webb, Shaheen, Coons, Durbin, Udall, Rubio, Inhofe, Isakson, Barrasso
NAYS: Lugar, Corker, Risch, Demint, Lee