Reps. Chris Van Hollen and Gerry Connolly have put forward another draft Syria force authorization. Here are some of the bill’s key provisions, beginning with the authorization itself:
SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION FOR USE OF UNITED STATES ARMED FORCES.(a) AUTHORIZATION.—Subject to the limitations set forth in this joint resolution, the President is authorized to use the United States Armed Forces to prevent and deter the further use of chemical weapons in Syria or by Syria against any other group or country(b) LIMITATION.—The authority granted in sub-section (a) excludes the authority to deploy United States Armed Forces on the ground in Syria except with respect to efforts to rescue United States personnel.
SEC. 3. SUNSET.(a) IN GENERAL.—Subject to subsection (b), the authority granted in section 2(a) shall expire upon the conclusion of each military action conducted by the United States Armed Forces beginning after the initial military action conducted by the United States Armed Forces, unless the President certifies to Congress in writing with respect to such subsequent military action that the President finds with high confidence that Syria has used chemical weapons since the conclusion of the immediately preceding military action conducted by the United States Armed Forces.(b) FINAL SUNSET.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the authority granted in section 2(a) shall expire on the date that is 60 days after the date of the enactment of this joint resolution.