Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), ranking members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced a new bill to support the transition in Syria (Syria Transition Support Act).
This text, which reflects John Kerry’s efforts, focuses on six key elements:
Authority to provide arms (including ground-to-air missiles) and military training to the Syrian armed opposition;
Creation of an annual $250 million fund through FY2015 for regional transition support;
Sanctions on arms and oil sales to Syria.
Coordination between the government and Congress for the Geneva 2 conference;
Amendment to the Syria Accountability Act to allow for sanctions removal once a transitional government is in place and chemical weapons are secured.
Syria Transition Support Act
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