Senate to convene briefly to move Syria resolution along

September 5, 2013

The Senate will convene briefly Friday so that senators can formally submit a resolution authorizing use of military force against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Senate will convene very quickly -- "for like 30 seconds," one senior Senate aide said -- to file the resolution and set it up for debate next week.

Senate rules require at least one day in between filing a piece of legislation and beginning debate. Quickly convening on Friday permits Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) to formally begin the process Monday evening when senators are scheduled to formally return to Washington from the five-week summer recess.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a resolution authorizing limited military strikes on Syria on Wednesday afternoon.


Ed O’Keefe is covering the 2016 presidential campaign, with a focus on Jeb Bush and other Republican candidates. He's covered presidential and congressional politics since 2008. Off the trail, he's covered Capitol Hill, federal agencies and the federal workforce, and spent a brief time covering the war in Iraq.
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