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.