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Obama Administration Pushes For Action in Syria

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Congress is holding its first public hearing today 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 this morning seeking support for military action in Syria. President Obama huddled with Congressional leaders at the White House this morning seeking support for military action in Syria.

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

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.

The President heads to the G-20 Summit in Russia later today. He'll be leaning on his cabinet and staff to press his case with lawmakers until he returns Friday.