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The House of Representatives has approved an amendment that gives President Obama the authority to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels after a contentious day on Capitol Hill.

From the Associated Press:

Officials put a $500 million price tag on Obama’s request to train and equip rebels. The cost generated virtually no discussion among lawmakers, who focused instead on the possible consequences of a new military mission not long after America ended participation in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Testifying before a Senate Committee, Secretary of State John Kerry said the forces seeking to create an Islamic state “must be defeated. Period. End of story.”

There was little, if any dissent on that, but debate aplenty about the best way to accomplish it.

The final vote count was 253-156.

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