The Russian foreign minister called the decision to impose sanctions "unconstructive."
House members offered up a slew of stronger options.
'You don’t really have to talk about it. If you talk about it too much, you lose your credibility. And you have to be taken seriously,” said Marine Corps Gen. Jim Jones, who served as Obama’s national security adviser for two years.
Clinton has expressed support for the administration’s diplomatic effort in recent days.
House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) jumped on a hearing with State and Treasury officials Thursday to press them to allow exports of natural gas to counter Russian influence in Eastern Europe.
Graham will be just as vocal after he wins his primary, he said.
The State Department accused Vladimir Putin of lying about the crisis in Ukraine.
Lew brings IMF funding into the debate.
The House on Thursday will vote on a bill that allows the U.S. to provide for loan guarantees to Ukraine, an effort to help aid the country that is being subject to a military intervention by Russia.
The call was Obama's second with a major European ally in less than 24 hours.