Sen. Robert Menendez presiding over congressional debate on possible Syrian strike

Sen. Robert Menendez is presiding over hearings on Capitol Hill that will impact whether the United States conducts a military strike on Syria. As a

Menendez spent Tuesday speaking with high-level national decision-makers.

Menendez spent Tuesday speaking with high-level national decision-makers. (9/3/13)

WASHINGTON - Sen. Robert Menendez is presiding over hearings on Capitol Hill that will impact whether the United States conducts a military strike on Syria.

As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Menendez spent Tuesday listening to a number of high-level military and civilian officials discuss their views on the crisis. The Democratic senator has publicly supported plans to launch a missile offensive, but is cautious about having American troops on the ground.

He confronted Secretary of State John Kerry on the issue, only to receive a conditional response. "It would be preferable not to," said Kerry on sending soldiers overseas. "But... I don't want to take off the table an option that might or might not be available to the president of the United States to secure our country."

Meanwhile, House Speaker John Boehner announced his support for the president's plan.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

VIDEO: Preview of PNC Art Center's summer shows 1 VIDEO: Preview of PNC Art Center's summer shows
The Jewish community center in Edison was evacuated 2 JCC in Edison temporarily evacuated after bomb threat
87-year-old Inge Goldstein poses with a sign she 3 Women's March event to be held in Pompton Plains
Water main break causing problems in Jersey City 4 Water main break causing problems in Jersey City
VIDEO: President Obama hold final news conference of 5 VIDEO: President Obama holds final news conference of presidency, Part 1

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

It's good to know you have Walt Kane Kane in Your Corner

It's good to know you have Walt Kane in your corner.

News 12 takes a look at the hottest Tech Check

Eric Landskroner has a look at the latest gadgets and biggest stories in tech.

News 12 On the Scene

Check out these exclusive videos from New Jersey celebs!

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE