House Democrats seek limits on use of force
Many in Congress are leaning towards a ‘no’ vote because of fears that targeted air strikes could quickly spiral into broader military action.
In an effort to combat that, two House Democrats, Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Gerry Connolly (D-Va.), are drafting a resolution that would impose strict limits on the nature of the force President Obama would be authorized to use.
My colleague Karen Tumulty reports on the details of the draft, which Van Hollen and Connolly are hoping to circulate later today:
As proposed by Van Hollen and Connolly, the resolution would have four major components: a legally binding stipulation that no ground troops would be deployed; a provision that would limit the president’s authority to a single round of strikes, unless Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government uses chemical weapons again; a relatively short time limit for the strikes, probably of less than 60 days, and a provision that would narrowly define the goal of the operation to prevent further use of chemical weapons.
That fourth provision would, for instance, prevent Obama from using the authorization as part of a broader campaign to degrade the capability of the Syrian military or to prevent the Syrians from stockpiling chemical weapons.