WA Congressmembers Mostly Hesitant on Syria Vote

By Tom Banse

Members of Congress from Washington State are mostly undecided ahead of an expected vote next week to authorize military force against Syria.

Indecision crosses party lines. Republican Congressman Dave Reichert did say in an emailed statement that it's right and proper for President Obama to seek Congressional approval. But he hasn't said how he'll vote. 

Freshman Democrats Denny Heck and Derek Kilmer both say they want to carefully review the intelligence before making a decision. "We cannot engage in military action based on faulty intelligence, the painful lesson of the War in Iraq," added Heck in a prepared statement.

Eastern Washington Republican Cathy McMorris Rodgers posted a one question survey on her official website asking constituents how she should vote. Democrat Rick Larsen went on Facebook to solicit input. The responses so far on his page, hands down, "no war with Syria." Congressman Jim McDermott has staked out the clearest position in the delegation. The veteran Democrat came out strongly against an air strike on Syria in remarks delivered at a Labor Day picnic in Seattle.

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