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