WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Obama is taking his case to the American people this week as Congress prepares to debate and vote on his authorization to strike Syria.
Lawmakers of both parties say they've been besieged by opponents of American military involvement, while the White House is trying to change the conversation by showing what it calls graphic new video of the aftermath of a chemical weapons attack.
On Sunday, local Congressman Brian Higgins reiterated his opposition to the attacks.
NBC's Brian Mooar has the story from Washington in the video player above.
The USA TODAY National Network polled all 535 members of Congress to find out how they intend to vote on President Obama's call for military action in Syria. Results are shown in the graphic below.