The United States is studying how it can resettle more refugees fleeing the brutal conflict in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry says.
"I just met with members this morning, and we are committed to increasing the number that we will take," Kerry said, after meeting US politicians on Wednesday (local time).
"And we are looking hard at the number that we can specifically manage with respect to the crisis in Syria and Europe."
The world's number one destination for refugees, the United States has accepted around 1500 Syrians since the four-year-old conflict erupted.
But the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has in total referred 15,000 Syrians from camps in the Middle East to Washington for resettlement.
With global public opinion shocked by images of drowning refugees, the United States is under political pressure to act more quickly.
The White House is expected to lay out its expectations for refugee resettlement by the end of the month.
In the meantime, Kerry and other officials are in talks with Congress, which will eventually have to approve funding.
"I believe the president has made it clear he wants the United States, which has always taken a leadership role with respect to humanitarian issues and particularly refugees, to do what we can," Kerry said.
The secretary was speaking to reporters at the US Capitol after meetings with a Senate subcommittee on immigration and with leading politicians.
The United States currently accepts about 70,000 refugees from conflicts and persecution per year, but has been slow to accept Syrians.
Refugees from Syria and its region must undergo strict security checks to weed out extremists, even after being registered by the UNHCR.