Kerry seeks to reassure lawmakers on Syria deal

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The top ranking Republican on the panel, Sen. Bob CorkerBob CorkerBolton would consider serving as Trump's secretary of State Trump struggles to land punches on Dems over ISIS GOP senator: Trump calling Obama ISIS founder 'went far too far' 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 MenendezPuerto Rico task force asks for help in charting island's economic course Tim Kaine backs call to boost funding for Israeli missile defense GMO labeling bill advances in the Senate over Dem objections 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 GrahamThe Trail 2016: Clinton’s ups and downs Graham: GOP being 'left behind' under Trump Thousands of Soros docs released by alleged Russian-backed hackers 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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