WASHINGTON, D.C. (WXOW/AP) -- With the U.S. Congress slated to return to the Hill September ninth, President Barack Obama is meeting with key lawmakers Monday regarding a possible military strike against Syria.
The President's administration claims Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad used sarin gas against its own people roughly two weeks ago.
Secretary of State John Kerry made the rounds on the morning talk shows Sunday arguing a U.S. failure to provide some type of military response to Assad's alleged use of chemical weapons would be a disappointing break from traditional American values.
The President said Saturday he believes military action should be taken but will seek a vote from Congress to authorize any strike.
But resistance to U.S. action is emanating from both sides of the political aisle.
"They've got a lot more explaining to do," said Rep. Eleanor Holmes (D-DC).
The administration claims it has both samples and intercepted communications from credible sources proving the use of sarin.
Sarin is a deadly liquid that can quickly transform into vapor.
A small, pin-head sized amount of the substance can kill someone within 15 minutes, according to BBC News, which also reports antidotes to sarin are available but must be administered almost immediately after exposure to be effective.
Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have long been calling for U.S. intervention in Syria. The pair, which said over the weekend that Obama's proposed strike is not an adequate response, is meeting with Obama at the White House Monday.
"We cannot in good conscience support isolated military strikes in Syria that are not part of an overall strategy that can change the momentum on the battlefield," they said in a joint statement.
Obama has said he is seeking to strike Syria merely in retaliation for its use of chemical weapons.
The President said Saturday U.S. military action would not be intended to influence the Syrian civil war between Assad and insurgent forces which has been raging for more than two years.
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