Kerry seeks to reassure lawmakers on Syria deal

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The top ranking Republican on the panel, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), said Kerry “did a good job explaining where we are.”

“We've done what we need to do” in Congress, Corker said. “Now it's really up to the administration and Secretary Kerry and his team to carry this through and make sure all of the details that all of us know are important are incorporated into a resolution that's binding."

And panel chairman Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) told reporters after the briefing that lawmakers' eyes are now all on the United Nations.

“The message is we look forward to the movement forward,” Menendez said, “and seeing the resolve that exists by the members of the Security Council to ensure that the outline of the agreement is actually enforceable at the end of the day.”

Some lawmakers remain unconvinced by the wisdom of calling off U.S. strikes to punish Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons last month.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters on Tuesday that the agreement would quickly devolve into a “game of cat-and-mouse” with the Syrians trying to hide their weapons from UN investigators.

Jeremy Herb contributed

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