McConnell says he wants 'something stronger' than House Syria resolution

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: Fireworks on health care expected at Dem debate | Trump FDA pick dodges on vaping ban | Trump to host meeting on youth vaping Friday | AMA calls for immediate vaping ban GOP senator blocks vote on House-passed Violence Against Women Act On The Money: Senate scraps plan to force second shutdown vote | Trump tax breaks for low-income neighborhoods draw scrutiny | McConnell rips House Dems for holding up trade deal MORE (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that he was "encouraged" by a House resolution formally opposing President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from the Democratic debate As Buttigieg rises, Biden is still the target Leading Democrats largely pull punches at debate MORE's troop drawback but that he wants "something stronger." 
 
"I believe it's important that we make a strong forward-looking strategic statement. For that reason my preference would be for something even stronger than the resolution that the House passed yesterday, which has some serious weaknesses," McConnell said from the Senate floor.
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The House passed its resolution formally opposing Trump's troop drawback in northern Syria and urging Turkey to end its military incursion in a 354-60 vote. 
 
But McConnell argued that the House resolution was too "narrowly drafted," didn't address Sunni Arab or Christian communities in Syria and was too "backward-looking." 
 
"It is curiously silent on the issue of whether to actually sustain a U.S. military presence in Syria, perhaps to spare Democrats from having to go on record on this question. So my first preference is for something stronger than the House resolution," he added. 
 
McConnell's comments come as lawmakers are weighing how to respond to Trump's decision to withdraw troops from northern Syria, paving the way for Turkey's military incursion. 
 
Sens. Chris Van HollenChristopher (Chris) Van HollenHillicon Valley: Google to limit political ad targeting | Senators scrutinize self-driving car safety | Trump to 'look at' Apple tariff exemption | Progressive lawmakers call for surveillance reforms | House panel advances telecom bills Democrats raise privacy concerns over Amazon home security system Overnight Defense: Erdoğan gets earful from GOP senators | Amazon to challenge Pentagon cloud contract decision in court | Lawmakers under pressure to pass benefits fix for military families MORE (D-Md.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: Report on alleged surveillance abuse in 2016 to be released Dec. 9 McConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' Hillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack MORE (R-S.C.) are expected to offer a sanctions bill later Thursday that will target Turkey's energy sector and military. Sens. Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezSenate passes legislation supporting Hong Kong protesters Graham blocks resolution recognizing Armenian genocide after Erdoğan meeting Trump encounters GOP resistance to investigating Hunter Biden MORE (D-N.J.) and Todd YoungTodd Christopher YoungThe Hill's Morning Report - Wild Wednesday: Sondland testimony, Dem debate take center stage Tester: Our forefathers would not have tolerated Trump asking Ukraine to investigate Biden The Hill's Morning Report - Fallout from day one of Trump impeachment hearing MORE (R-Ind.) are also offering a companion resolution to the measure that already passed the House. 
 
McConnell has not yet said what, if any, legislation he will bring to the floor amid fierce bipartisan backlash to Trump's strategy. McConnell, during a leadership press conference on Wednesday, called Trump's decision a "mistake." 
 
He predicted on Thursday that "many of us will have much more to say on the subject very soon." 
 
"I look forward to continuing to engage with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle as we chart the right course," he added.