Obama administration steps up visibility from the Situation Room
President Barack Obama’s administration is out in force in Washington Monday as officials and the president work to sell his Syria resolution. In addition to the all-member briefing by Secretary of State John Kerry, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice that we mentioned in today’s Morning Line, there are a host of other efforts afoot, White House officials tell the NewsHour. Rice is hosting the Congressional Black Caucus at the White House. Vice President Joe Biden is doing separate briefings for Senate Democrats and Senate Republicans in the Situation Room. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough is speaking with House Democrats and House Republicans.
The president will visit Senate Democrats for their caucus lunch Tuesday, and McDonough will speak to the House Democratic Caucus. Wednesday before the first test vote in the Senate, Kerry, Hagel and Rice will hold an all-Senators briefing.
As we reported in the Morning Line, Mr. Obama or members of his administration have spoken with at least 85 senators and more than 165 House members and officials also have been speaking with the various caucuses on Capitol Hill.