Florida's members of Congress are adding their voices to the debate in Washington D.C. over what President Barack Obama says will be limited U.S. military action against Syria.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., was one of several senators who questioned key members of the Obama administration during a hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Tuesday afternoon.
Meanwhile, Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., was in Fernandina Beach, where he spoke about the issue.
U.S. forces are ready to carry out the president's orders, as warships are stationed in the eastern Mediterranean.
"As far as I'm concerned, we should have already launched, but the president has made this decision. I know that the U.S. Senate will support," said Nelson. "I think the fact that the Speaker of the House has come out in favor it, I think enormously increases the chances that it will pass in the House."
Leaders of both parties in Congress say they believe U.S. intelligence, which shows Syria's president used chemical weapons against its own people. More than 1,400 were killed, including more than 400 children.
Nelson is very clear on where he stands on the issue of whether to strike Syria following last month's deadly chemical attack. He said it's something the U.S. should have done days ago.
"We will draw the line and say that if you use weapons of mass destruction on your people or anybody else, it will not be tolerated," Nelson said.
Similar rhetoric was spoken Tuesday on Capitol Hill as members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee met with Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to discuss a military strike.
Kerry said during the hearings Tuesday that the crisis in Syria "Isn't Iraq. We've got the proof." That proof is in the hair and blood samples that have tested positive for "Sarin," a deadly nerve agent that first developed in Germany back in the 1930s.
At one point, the hearing took a contentious turn after outbursts from protesters who had to be escorted from the building.
The Foreign Relations Committee peppered President Obama’s national Security team with questions Tuesday. Among those who voiced skepticism was Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio.
"We are left with options all of which that are less than idea," said Rubio. "One of the calculations that Assad used in using chemical weapons was the U.S. wouldn't do anything about it, and I understand why he made that calculation because yes -- this was a horrible incident where a thousand people died, but before this incident 100,000 people died."
Rubio, a vocal critic of Syria's Bashar Assad and a proponent of arming the rebels, criticized the Obama administration for failing to heed his call and the pleas of others to act two years ago.
"When America ignores these problems, these problems don't ignore us," he said.
Nelson said he's confident his colleagues in Washington will vote yes to a military strike. He's also certain others will follow suit.
"You'll see Britain will turn around their vote," he said. "Already, you've heard France is supporting us. So what you will see is the family of civilized nations will come in by the time we get this approval in the Congress. You will see a lot of unanimity."
Channel 4 spoke with former UN Ambassador Nancy Soderberg and retired Navy Admiral Bob Natter about the tough questions on Capitol Hill. Soderberg believes the national security team made a very persuasive case to the panel Tuesday and believes that ultimately, Congress will approve a strike.
Natter was quick to point out that the open dialogue over the last week does tip the United States' hand in a small way to the enemy, but he is confident that in no way does the dialogue compromise the U.S. militarily.
"From a force-on-force perspective, Syria doesn't have the ability to counter any strikes that we might do either from sea or from the air," said Natter.