By Dustin Weaver - 09/04/13 02:47 PM EDT
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday said he does not support the Senate resolution to authorize military action in Syria.
Asked by The Associated Press whether he backs the measure announced Tuesday evening, McCain said: “In its current form, I do not.”
The Arizona Republican has long called for a U.S. intervention in Syria but is pushing for action beyond the “limited” strikes that President Obama has called for.
McCain wants the U.S. to provide arms to the Free Syrian Army, a rebel offshoot that has been among those battling the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.
The leaders of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee announced a deal on a Syria resolution on Tuesday evening.
The measure would authorize the use of force in Syria for 60 days, with a possible 30 day extension and explicitly ban the use of ground forces in Syria.