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Obama Administration Still Trying to Persuade Congress to Strike Syria

By: CBS
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Congress holds its first public hearing Tuesday as lawmakers decide whether to back President Obama's resolution to attack Syria. Across the Capital, the Obama Administration is blitzing lawmakers with briefings and meetings to sell the plan.

President Obama huddled with Congressional leaders at the White House Tuesday morning seeking support for military action in Syria.

"It is proportional; it is limited," he said. "It does not involve boots on the ground. It is not Iraq. It is not Afghanistan."

The Obama administration says there is undeniable proof Syria used chemical weapons to kill more than 1,400 civilians. The President is trying to convince lawmakers Syrian President Bashar al Assad must be held accountable.

Sen. John McCain backs military intervention, but it says it must also help the rebels gain ground against Syrian forces.

The Obama administration says there is undeniable proof Syria used chemical weapons to kill more than 14-hundred civilians. The President is trying to convince lawmakers Syrian President Bashar al Assad must be held accountable.

"I am going to support the president's call for action," said House Speaker Rep. John Boehner. "I believe my colleagues will support his call. We have enemies out there who must know this behavior will not be tolerated."

Congress is still officially on summer recess, but the Senate Foreign Relations Committee is back today to hear from the Defense Secretary, Joint Chiefs chairman and Secretary of State.

Committee Chairman Robert Menendez says it will be helpful for members to hear Secretary of State John Kerry to outline the end result of the President's proposal.

"I think the committee will ultimately act to pursue the use of force."

But some Senators are skeptical.

"When you fire a shot that does not mean you will be the only one shooting," said Sen. John Cornyn, R-TX.

Syria warns a regional war could break out if the U.S. attacks.

President Obama heads to the G20 summit in Russia later Tuesday. He'll be leaning on his Cabinet and staff to press the case with lawmakers until he returns on Friday.


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