Senate votes to require report on possible US military activities in Syria

Sen. John McCainJohn McCainKerry: US 'on the verge' of suspending talks with Russia on Syria Trump, Clinton to headline Al Smith dinner Overnight Defense: Congress overrides Obama 9/11 veto | Pentagon breathes easy after funding deal | More troops heading to Iraq MORE (R-Ariz.) introduced Amendment 3262, which would require the Department of Defense to submit to the congressional Defense committees a report identifying the limited military activities that could deny or degrade the ability of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to use air power against civilians and opposition groups in Syria.

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Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulLawmaker seeks to investigate Obama's foreign tax compliance law Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears GOP senators hit FBI on early probe of NY bombing suspect MORE (R-Ky.) said he opposed the amendment because it would encourage U.S. involvement in another war in the Middle East.

“The amendment before us requires that the president submit a plan for a no-fly zone over Syria,” Paul said before the vote Tuesday. “There are many unknowns that we need to be asking ourselves before we involve ourselves in a Civil War.

“Our nation and our soldiers are weary of war. ... I hope my colleagues will not encourage a rush to war.”

But Sen. Chris Coon’s (D-Del.) a co-sponsor of the amendment said the measure would not authorize any acts of war or use of force.

“It is explicit that nothing in this section shall be considered a declaration of war or authorization of use of force,” Coons said.

McCain added that the report delivered to Congress would be classified and that Congress should know what level of involvement is possible.

Sens. Lamar AlexanderLamar AlexanderMcConnell: Cures bill a 'top priority' in lame-duck Lawmakers pledge push for cures bill in lame-duck Overnight Regulation: Lawsuits pile up against Obama overtime rule MORE (R-Tenn.), Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Paul, Mike LeeMike LeeSenators express 'grave concerns' about ObamaCare 'bailout' Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears Shutdown risk grows over Flint MORE (R-Utah), Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Dick DurbinDick DurbinDems gain upper hand on budget McConnell: Senate could drop flood money from spending bill Funding bill rejected as shutdown nears MORE (D-Ill.) voted against the amendment.

Final passage of the bill is expected later Tuesday evening and an amendment from Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) passed by unanimous consent after the McCain-amendment vote.

Kyl introduced Amendment 3123, which would require the Department of Defense to brief relevant congressional committees on military and strategic proposals, by either the Russian Federation or the United States, to limit or control nuclear arms, missile defense systems or long-range conventional strike systems.

Kyl said his amendment was necessary because U.S. treaties have to be approved by the Senate, and the administration sometimes doesn’t brief lawmakers before negotiating agreements, which then have to be approved by the Senate. This amendment would allow lawmakers to voice concerns before proposals by the United States are presented to Russia on arms reductions.

Amendments 2927, 3019, 3062, 3113, 3175, 3241, 3242, 3277, 3285, 3226 and 3117 we passed in a managers' package Tuesday afternoon.

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