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President Obama meets with key lawmakers today
(ABC) -- With just one week before congress is back in session, President Obama meets with key lawmakers today. He is working hard to convince congress to authorize a military strike against Syria.
On this Labor Day holiday, there is no rest for the Obama administration. The President faces an uphill battle as he tries to sell lawmakers on his; plans for a military intervention in Syria.
The resistance is bi-partisan, even as the White House revealed Syria used sarin gas in the attack, and as warships move into place ahead of a possible strike.
Rep. Mike Burgess said, In my mind it's far from settled should not be taken lightly.
Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton said, They've got a lot more explaining to do.
Today, President Obama will discuss strategy with republican senators John Mccain and Lindsey Graham at the White House.
President Obama is calling for a limited strike but both senators want more.
In a joint statement they said -
"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.
Still, the President hopes the two senators can help convince skeptical lawmakers to act.
After a briefing with White House officials on Sunday, some believe the President needs to prove this isn't going to be another Iraq.
Another concern; the broad language in the President's resolution.
Rep. Chris Van Hollen said, Went to Iraq in 2003 when there were no longer chemical weapons I will not support a blank check or even a partial.
Rep. Eliot Engel said, I think the White House is confident they'll lay out their case.
Administration officials planned a conference call with house democrats today. And the President will also make individual calls to some members of the House and Senate.