The Senate Foreign Relations Committee drafts a bipartisan agreement authorizing the use of force in Syria they'll take up for debate on Wednesday. CNN's Jim Scuitto reports.
In trying to appease both war hawks and doves, the bill attempts to limit the scope and length of attacks but also intends to strategically help to strengthen the Syrian opposition.
Here's what the authorization states:
– Strikes against Syria limited to 60 days, option for further 30 days
– Bans troops on the ground, permits rescue mission if needed
Secretaries Kerry and Hagel and General Dempsey, veterans who understand the cost of war, tell Senators Tuesday that limited military action is right and necessary.
Secretary of State John Kerry says:
"Are you going to be comfortable if Assad, as a result of the United States not doing anything, then gasses his people yet again and they - and the world says, 'Why didn't the United States act?'
Senator John McCain, a long supporter of more vigorous U.S. involvement in Syria, criticizes the President's decision to delay military action until after congressional approval.
"When you tell the enemy you're going to attack them, I'm not to take any time on this, you're going to attack them, they're obviously going to disperse and try to make it harder."
However, President Obama may be making ground with lawmakers. Speaker of the House John Boehner gives his support for military action Tuesday.
Wednesday, the case for military action in Syria moves to the House where Secretaries Kerry and Hagel and General Dempsey can expect tougher questioning than they did in a session Tuesday.