Strike on Syria One Step Closer

Posted at: 09/03/2013 10:45 PM
Updated at: 11/21/2013 2:10 PM

Congressional aides said leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee have agreed on a resolution regarding a U.S. strike against Syria.

The democratic chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the panel's top republican hammered out the details of the resolution and expect the full committee to vote on it Wednesday.

The resolution would limit the duration of any U.S. military action in response to the Syrian government's suspected use of chemical weapons and specifically bar the use of U.S. troops.

Before the agreement was announced, Democratic Congressman Rick Nolan of Minnesota's 8th District told Eyewitness News he would work against President Obama's request for military intervention in Syria.

Nolan said the use of chemical weapons cannot be tolerated, but a U.S. strike would be too great a cost for America if the situation escalates.

"It's going to cost hundreds of millions of dollars. It's going to result in kill a lot of people. It's going to risk a wider conflict and ultimately another war of choice in the middle east," Nolan said.

Nolan said Syrian President Bashar Assad should be tried in international court for the suspected use of chemical weapons.

Despite the resolution agreement there will still be debate on the proposed military action in Syria. Secretary of State John Kerry is scheduled to give more testimony to a House committee on Wednesday, and a full vote is not expected until Congress opens session next week.