House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said Tuesday that he's "somewhat skeptical" of the new diplomatic push on Syria.
Speaking at a press conference on Capitol Hill, Boehner said that while "diplomacy is always a better outcome than military action," he has doubts about a proposal pushed by the Russians and reportedly accepted by Syria for Bashar al-Assad to relinquish control of his chemical weapons.
"I will say that I'm somewhat skeptical of those that are involved in the diplomatic discussion today," Boehner said.
When he was asked why he felt skeptical, Boehner said it was due to the "actors involved."
Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) also expressed skepticism Tuesday toward the Russian proposal.
Boehner said President Barack Obama "has not made the sale" for military action in Syria, raising the stakes for Tuesday's nationally televised address on the situation.
"That's why tonight is important," Boehner said.