Kerry seeks to reassure lawmakers on Syria deal

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The top ranking Republican on the panel, Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerFormer Dem Tenn. gov to launch Senate bid: report McConnell 'almost certain' GOP will pass tax reform Former New Mexico gov: Trump's foreign policy is getting 'criticized by everybody' 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) MenendezSenate ethics panel resumes Menendez probe after judge declares mistrial Judge declares mistrial in Menendez bribery case Menendez jury deadlocked, ordered to keep trying 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 GrahamGOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration We are running out of time to protect Dreamers US trade deficit rises on record imports from China 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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