Craig Boswell, FOX News - Washington D.C.
The Obama administration is applying more pressure on Congress to approve a resolution for U.S. military action in Syria. The president announced that instead of launching strikes he would seek congressional approval.
As Craig Boswell of KMPH News partner Fox News shows us, lawmakers are scrutinizing the evidence against the Bashar Assad regime for its possible use of chemical weapons.
President Obama met with lawmakers at the White House Tuesday morning and again called for quick action against Syria. There's also a closed door classified briefing on Capitol Hill, all of this ahead of the first public hearing on military intervention later that day.
President Obama says the U.S. must act quickly and deliberately and says military action will send a message against the use of chemical weapons. "It will degrade Assad's capabilities; at the same time we have a broader strategy that will allow us to upgrade the capabilities of the opposition," said Obama. The president is calling for a narrow and limited strike.
Some lawmakers have already said they would vote 'no' on U.S. military action and the president's resolution is too broad.
The U.S. and its allies accuse Bashar al-Assad's regime of gassing more than 1,400 people -- hundreds of them children. On Saturday, president Obama made his decision to strike Syria but would first ask Congress for authorization. On Labor Day, the president met with Republicans John McCain and Lindsey Graham, two prominent critics of his administration. The Republican leaders say the president needs to make a better case to the American people and increase his support to the Syrian opposition. "If we don't get Syria right, Iran will take signal we don't care about the nuclear program," said Senator Graham.
The Secretary's of State and Defense along with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs testify before a Senate Panel Tuesday afternoon. There will a House hearing later this week. A vote on a resolution for military strikes is expected sometime next week.
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