The Senate Foreign Relations Committee this afternoon will consider a draft resolution that authorizes President Barack Obama to use force in Syria, but that prohibits him from using U.S. ground forces there “for the purposes of combat operations.”

That leaves open the possibility that the president could deploy troops on the ground in Syria to secure the Asad regime’s chemical weapons stocks–a hypothetical that Secretary of State John Kerry presented to the committee in a hearing yesterday.

“The authority granted in section 2 does not authorize the use of the United States Armed Forces on the ground in Syria for the purpose of combat operations,” says the text of the draft resolution.