Kerry seeks to reassure lawmakers on Syria deal

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The top ranking Republican on the panel, Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Senate passes 0B defense bill Corker pressed as reelection challenges mount MORE (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 MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Poll finds little support for Menendez reelection Judge tells Menendez lawyer to 'shut up' MORE (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 GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTop Louisiana health official rips Cassidy over ObamaCare repeal bill Senate Dems hold floor talk-a-thon against latest ObamaCare repeal bill Overnight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions MORE (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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