But there hasn't been much support in either party for strikes against Syria, which means a wave of remarks from Obama may end up being as effective as using napkins to treat a broken leg. As of Sunday, just 31 House members had made some indication that they support a resolution, and many members of both parties are against it or are leaning against it.

Members of the House and Senate will have a chance to update their points of view in floor speeches when they start work at 2 p.m. Beyond that, there is a little actual work to do as well.

The House will consider two suspension bills, and will hold any needed votes at 6:30 p.m. The bills are:

— H.R. 2052, the Global Investment in American Jobs Act, requiring an interagency report on ways to increase foreign direct investment in the United States, and

— H.R. 2844, the Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act, consolidating current FCC reporting requirements.

At 5 p.m., the Senate will start debating two judicial nominees. They are Valerie Caproni and Vernon Broderick, who have both been nominated as U.S. district judges for the Southern District of New York.