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Wash. Lawmakers Mostly Holding Their Fire on Syria Vote

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,” said 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. So far, most commenters have spoken up against U.S. involvement in Syria. 

Rep. 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.

Tom Banse covers national news, business, science, public policy, Olympic sports and human interest stories from across the Northwest. He reports from well known and out–of–the–way places in the region where important, amusing, touching, or outrageous events are unfolding. Tom's stories can be found online and heard on-air during "Morning Edition" and "All Things Considered" on NPR stations in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.