Senators on Monday night said they expected Congress to take action to condemn North Korea's recent nuclear test following a closed briefing with Obama administration officials.
Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said he expected the Senate to vote on a measure to sanction North Korea soon, though he emphasized that the United Nations should also act.
"We've got to step up our game, be proactive and I think you're going to see Congress over the next short period of time taking its steps, but it's my hope the international community and our administration will be much more bold," Corker told reporters following a closed briefing with officials from the State and Defense departments and Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Corker also said the witnesses were open and said the administration "is probably more open in this case to Congress taking action and putting in place a toolkit to deal with this issue."
Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., also said he expected Congress to take action against North Korea.
"It's important that the [United Nations] Security Council takes action, we hope that they will. It's also important for the United States to show international leadership to strengthen our sanctions regime against North Korea. So I think you'll see action," he said.
North Korea announced that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb earlier this month after detectors picked up seismic activity on the peninsula. The testing of a hydrogen bomb violates international rules put in place by the U.N. Security Council.
The House is expected to vote Tuesday on a measure to sanction North Korea, according to Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., and chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
In addition to Royce's bill in the House, senators said two sanctions bills are in the Senate. The goal is to agree on one bill to move through Congress, Cardin said.