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McCain discusses Syria on Senate floor

Posted at 1:28 PM, Sep 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-09 14:28:52-04

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sen. John McCain displayed a photo of the body of a 3-year-old Syrian refugee on the Senate floor Wednesday as he urged stronger leadership from President Barack Obama on Syria.

McCain, a Republican, stood next to an enlarged, close-up photo of Aylan Kurdi, who drowned along with his 5-year-old brother and mother when their small rubber boat capsized as it headed for Greece. McCain said the photo has "opened the world's eye to this devastating crisis."

McCain said it should haunt Americans that "the United States will continue to do nothing meaningful" about conflicts like that in Syria that have led to a surge in refugees.

Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday after meetings on Capitol Hill that the U.S. will take in more refugees.