Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday ridiculed the idea of making Election Day a federal holiday, a proposal Democrats have long sought and included in the new Congress' messaging legislation.
Senator Marco Rubio, Republican of Florida, argued in support of the amendment on the Senate floor, saying Trump's withdrawal announcement has already undermined US credibility in the region.
In December, over Trump's objections, the Senate voted to end USA military support for the Saudi-led coalition in the war in Yemen and blame Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Trump had tweeted news of the withdrawal from Syria in December, saying that ISIS had been defeated in the country. The measure says the Islamic State and al-Qaida militants still pose a serious threat to the United States, and warns that "a precipitous withdrawal" from those countries could "allow terrorists to regroup, destabilize critical regions and create vacuums that could be filled by Iran or Russian Federation".
On Tuesday the top U.S. intelligence chief said that the Islamic State group still has "thousands" of fighters that it can rebuild into a cohesive force in any vacuum left in the war-torn country.
The resolution calls on the Trump administration to "conduct a review of the military and diplomatic strategies in Syria and Afghanistan" and to "set conditions" for the long-term defeat of al-Qaeda and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS). The moves received considerable blowback from his defense and foreign policy establishment, as well as many Republican lawmakers.
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"This is being used against us right now, " Rubio said. But she said she also agreed with McConnell that the "precipitous withdrawal" from either country without political resolutions would risk what troops there have already achieved.
Democrats who voted against the amendment described it as a commitment to endless war.
"A power grab is smelling more and more like exactly what it is", McConnell said, ignoring the fact that most recent voter suppression efforts have targeted people of color and other groups most likely to vote for Democrats.
Exact timing for a vote on the final bill has not been announced yet.
Trump said earlier on Thursday he would bring American troops home if a peace deal were reached to end 17 years of war in Afghanistan. If it advances, it would be added to a broader foreign policy bill that includes a measure to "combat" boycotts of Israel. "And it is incumbent upon the United States to lead, to continue to maintain a global coalition against terror, and to stand by our local partners who are engaged in a daily fight against the terrorists", McConnell said.