McConnell has repeatedly expressed concern with Turkey’s incursion into Syria since President Donald Trump’s decision to cede ground in the region. But he’s also criticized Democratic presidential candidates and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) for opposing an amendment earlier this year asserting the U.S. should stay in Syria and Afghanistan.
After McConnell’s speech, Schumer advocated for passage of the House resolution rather than trying to write a new one.
“The vast majority of House Republicans, 129 to be exact, condemned the president’s decision on Syria,” Schumer said. “We can quibble about the language, but I have no doubt we can agree on the basic message. We can vote on the Senate resolution today. Time is of the essence.”
Separately, lawmakers in both parties are discussing putting strong congressional sanctions on Turkey. Sens. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) are introducing a bill doing so on Thursday afternoon.