Sen. Whitehouse joins call for Syrian aid

U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse walks through the Capitol on Feb. 25, 2014. (photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — U.S. senators from Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island are part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers calling on President Barack Obama to develop a stronger strategy for addressing the humanitarian crisis in Syria.

The call is part of the “Syrian Humanitarian Resolution of 2014” that the group of 19 senators introduced on Friday. It condemns the unlawful use of violence against civilians in Syria and urges all parties to allow for immediate access to humanitarian aid.

If adopted, the resolution calls for Obama to submit the new humanitarian strategy to relevant Senate committees within 90 days.

Senators who introduced the resolution include Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Edward Markey of Massachusetts, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and Patrick Leahy of Vermont.

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