WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate resolution authorizing President Barack Obama to use military force against Syria would bar American ground troops for combat operations and set a deadline for any action.
Officials said the emerging Senate measure would receive a vote Wednesday in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Approval is likely.
‘‘You’re probably going to win’’ Congress’ backing, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, a conservative and likely opponent of the measure, conceded in a late-afternoon exchange with Secretary of State John Kerry.
The measure would set a time limit of 60 days and says the president could extend that for 30 days more unless Congress votes otherwise.
The measure also bars the use of U.S. ground troops for ‘‘combat operations.’’
The White House had no immediate reaction to the Senate measure, although Kerry, testifying earlier before the committee, signaled that the troop restriction was acceptable to the administration. ‘‘There’s no problem in our having the language that has zero capacity for American troops on the ground,’’ he said.
‘‘President Obama is not asking America to go to war,’’ Kerry said in a strongly worded opening statement. He added, ‘‘This is not the time for armchair isolationism. This is not the time to be spectators to slaughter.’’
Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, chairman of the committee, and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, the top Republican, agreed on the measure late Tuesday.