The Senate Foreign Relations Committee did pass a resolution (see full text here) authorizing Obama to take military action against Syria. It’s still not clear what the full Senate and House will do — most members are still undecided.
Tom Udall (our senior Senator) tried to add an amendment prohibiting air and naval forces from being put into Syrian waters or air space, but the committee rejected it. The use of ground forces in combat operations is still forbidden, but Senator McCain’s amendment to help the rebels passed. So now one of the goals of any action is to speed a “negotiated removal” of Assad. Obama had said that was not an objective — he wanted the attack to simply be punishment for using the chemical weapons against civilians.
Anyway, I am pleased that my favorite Senator (Tom Udall) voted against the resolution. We’ll just have to see what happens.