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.