Congress forges ahead with Obama's request to arm Syrian rebels

September 16, 2014 1:53 PM

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Congress forges ahead with Obama's request to arm Syrian rebels

The proposal, which is expected to be voted on Wednesday, will be offered as an amendment to a short-term spending bill that Congress must pass in order to keep the government running past the end of September. That way, lawmakers will have the chance to cast separate votes on the proposal to train the rebels and fund the government.

The amendment authored by House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon, R-California, authorizes the secretaries of defense and state to equip vetted members of the Syrian opposition who are fighting both Syrian President Bashar Assad and ISIS. There is no additional money given to the effort...

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