Barack Obama

The White House steps up consultations with members of Congress before the President makes a decision on military action against Syria.

FOX News Radio's Mike Majchrowitz reports from the White House:

President Obama personally called House Speaker John Boehner about Syria -- a few hours before a briefing for other members of Congress from administration officials.

Some military action is expected -- Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest insists U.S. security interests are involved.

(Earnest) "We know they are sitting on a large stockpile of chemical weapons they've demonstrated a willingness to use it."

Oklahoma Republican Senator James Inhofe opposes intervention saying the President is acting out of political necessity.

(Inhofe) "He painted himself into a corner with his red line comment without defining what a red line was but now he knows he has to do something."

Inhofe also says a U.S. military weakened by recent budget cuts shouldn't be further strained.

At the White House, Mike Majchrowitz, FOX News Radio.