WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Senate majority leader has formally introduced the resolution giving President Barack Obama the authority to use military force against Syria.

Harry Reid filed the measure Friday during a brief Senate session. Lawmakers return from a five-week recess on Monday and will begin to debate the proposal for military strikes.

A vote to move ahead on the resolution is expected on Wednesday.

The Senate is deeply divided over whether to approve strikes in response to chemical weapons attacks in Syria. Republicans and Democrats have expressed opposition to the measure, which the chamber's Foreign Relations Committee narrowly approved 10-7 this week.

Obama will address the country Tuesday on Syria.

 

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