WASHINGTON (KSNV & AP) - President Barack Obama's national security team is preparing to brief senators on Syria as the White House readies for a possible military strike.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and other officials arrived Saturday morning at the White House.
In the afternoon, senior officials plan to consult by phone with Senate Democrats and Republicans. The calls will be unclassified, meaning officials will be limited in what they can say.
Secretary of State John Kerry, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Obama's national security adviser, Susan Rice, also will participate.
The briefing comes a day after the administration released an intelligence report concluding that Syrian President Bashar Assad's government killed more than 1,400 last week in a chemical attack.
Obama says the U.S. is considering a limited strike in response.
Today, Nevada Fourth District Rep. Steven Horsford, a Democrat, released the following statement after in response to Obama's statement on Syria:
"I will attend the classified briefing in Washington to stay updated on the facts and intelligence regarding the situation in Syria.
I respect President Obama's decision to consult with Congress and to allow for debate so an informed decision can be made on whether military action should be authorized."
Nevada Third District Congressman Republican Joe Heck released a statement earlier this week about pending U.S. action in Syria.
"The use of chemical weapons against innocent civilians is an especially heinous act that shows just how desperate the Assad regime has become," Heck's statement said. "However, while I believe that the United States must work to ensure that the human rights of Syrian citizens are protected, military intervention without clearly defined goals and objectives significantly increases the likelihood that the United States will be dragged into another protracted Middle Eastern war. The American people are rightly wary of starting another war and so the Administration needs to make a case for military action to Congress and to the American people that includes clearly defined goals, objectives, and potential costs."
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