NBC News: "The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday voted to give President Barack Obama the power to a launch a military attack to punish Syria for using chemical weapons. The vote was 10-7. It marked the first time in more than a decade — since a 2002 resolution that preceded the Iraq war — that members of Congress have voted to authorize military action."
The Boston Globe: “A Senate panel on Wednesday afternoon voted to give President Obama the authority to use military force in Syria, giving more momentum to the White House plan to punish Syrian President Bashir Assad for allegedly using chemical weapons. But in an unexpected twist, Senator Edward J. Markey, the Massachusetts Democrat, voted ‘present,’ choosing not to register his position on the highest-profile issue to come before him since he was sworn in. The measure in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations passed by a 10-to-7 vote. The resolution, which now heads to the full Senate for a vote next week, would authorize a limited military strike against Syria. The strike could not exceed 90 days, and no American ground troops can be sent for combat missions.”
Said Markey: “My one concern is that we not get on a slippery slope -- that we understand all of the steps that this action could lead to,” he said in an interview. “It’s about the resolution being too broad. It’s about the need for more information. It’s about my worry about a greater involvement in Syria.”
The first test vote for the full Senate on the Syria resolution could come Wednesday. Roll Call: “In an effort to move the resolution authorizing the use of force against Syria to the floor as quickly as possible, the Senate is expected to return for a brief session on Friday. The short session would allow the filing of the use of force resolution, a senior Senate Democratic aide said. The move would allow the measure, which was reported out by the Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday afternoon on a 10-7 vote, to be on the calendar by the time the Senate really returns on Sept. 9. Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., could then move to proceed and file a motion to limit debate, setting up a first test vote on Sept. 11.”
John Boehner said a vote would likely take place next week, but House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said it could slip to the week of Sept. 16: “We have been told we have more time,” Pelosi said. “They can accommodate a couple of weeks of debate. Our members want to have a say in shaping the resolution.” And Democrats are writing their own measure that may include just 60 days of authorization.
NBC’s Jessica Taylor looks at the votes of senators and House members -- who are still around – from Kosovo and the 2002 authorization for use of force in Iraq: “The shadows of the 2002 vote to authorize military action in Iraq has certainly made many senators more hesitant as they debate whether to authorize use of force against Syria, but many of those same members ultimately voted for military action, believing the country had weapons of mass destruction. That vote has haunted several Senators for years, and many have said they wish they would have voted differently. And before that, in 1999 when President Bill Clinton wanted authorization to attack the Serbian military in Kosovo, he got Senate approval, but launched strikes anyway before the House ultimately voted it down. Now, several senators who even supported both strikes are more hesitant or even already against action in Syria."