Jan 3, 2019 - Politics & Policy

Senate Republicans push back on Trump's Syria policy with new bill

Sen. Marco Rubio

Sen. Marco Rubio, who introduced Senate Bill 1. Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Top Senate Republicans kicked off the first session of Congress on Thursday by introducing a bill to impose sanctions on the Syrian government and enhance security cooperation with neighboring countries Jordan and Israel, NBC News reports.

The big picture: President Trump's order to withdraw troops from Syria has prompted backlash from Republicans and Trump allies, many of whom believe the move will allow ISIS to regain strength and leave a power vacuum to be filled by adversaries Russia and Iran. The bill was introduced by Sen. Marco Rubio and co-sponsored by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch.

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