The Senate is gearing up to rebut the administration on Syria, after President Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops caught lawmakers flatfooted.
Wrapping up the chamber’s work for the week, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) set up an initial vote to take up legislation that would impose sanctions on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government and bolster cooperation with Israel and Jordan.
The bill was brought to the floor using a fast-track procedure that lets it skip over committee proceedings. It will be the first piece of legislation the Senate has a vote on since the start of the 116th Congress on Thursday.
“It speaks directly to some critical American interests in that part of the world. Our security cooperation with key partners, Israel and Jordan, and the ongoing humanitarian and security catastrophe in the Syrians’ civil war,” McConnell said from the Senate floor.