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September 3rd, 2013
09:19 AM ET

White House "Floods the Zone" Trying to Build Support For Action In Syria

The United Nations says the number of refugees from the escalating crisis in Syria has reached 2 million.

Later Tuesday, the Obama administration will send two of its heaviest hitters to Capitol Hill to rally for action abroad,  CNN's Brianna Keilar reports.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in a closed door session.

The White House says they might have achieved a "persuasion breakthrough" with two crucial lawmakers – Sen. John McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham.

McCain says "We want to work to make that resolution something that the majority of both Houses can support," but adds "we still have significant concerns."

Graham stresses, "We don't want endless war."

Congress wants a limited strike and no boots on the ground.

The White House continues to push with their persuasion campaign and President Obama will meet with Speaker John Boehner, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and twelve other key lawmakers today.

And some of these officials may soon be lobbied from a much different direction.

Russia, a friend of the Syrian government, says it will send some of its representatives to meet with members of Congress.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has questioned if chemical weapons were used at all saying, there's "nothing concrete, no names and no proof."

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