John Kerry, House leaders make case for action

[POLITICO]

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Top congressional leaders including House Speaker John Boehner and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi endorsed President Barack Obama’s proposed military strikes against Syria, but that still doesn’t mean they will help the White House get the votes.

A flurry of support for Obama’s plans came after he hosted congressional leaders in the Cabinet Room of the White House on Tuesday morning, with Boehner telling reporters that a military response to Bashar Assad’s use of chemical weapons “is something that the United States as a country needs to do.”

Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel traveled to Capitol Hill to make the administration’s case before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. The world knows “beyond a reasonable doubt” that Assad’s regime was behind last month’s chemical weapons attacks, and its up to the United States to step in, Kerry said at a hearing Tuesday afternoon.

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