Senate Syria markup delayed as members attempt to reach deal

A Senate Foreign Relations Committee markup of a resolution authorizing military strikes against Syria has been delayed at least an hour as members of the panel try to reconcile their differences.

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Senators have spent more than three hours in a classified briefing in the Capitol Visitor Center, delaying a scheduled committee vote on the measure.

Sen. Jim Risch (Idaho), the second-ranking Republican on the panel, said colleagues were discussing the resolution as he left the meeting.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), an influential voice on national security and a member of the Foreign Relations panel, said Wednesday morning he would not support the use-of-force resolution “in its current form.”

McCain has expressed concern the resolution goes too far in restricting the president's authority.