The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 10-7 to approve a resolution authorizing force in response to chemical weapons use in Syria.
The measure will now move to the full Senate for debate.
The vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was the first in a series as the president’s request makes its way through congressional panels before coming before the two chambers of Congress for a final vote.
The full Senate is expected to vote on the measure next week. Obama’s top advisers on Wednesday took the argument for action to the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, where the support seen in the Senate will be harder to find.
The resolution would permit Obama to order a limited military mission against Syria, as long as it doesn’t exceed 90 days and involves no American troops on the ground for combat operations.
The Senate committee vote was 10-7, with one senator voting present. It marked the first time lawmakers have voted to authorize military action since the October 2002 votes giving President George W. Bush the authority to invade Iraq.
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