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Calif. Lawmakers Ponder Syria Response

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After leaving a classified briefing on Syria at the Capitol, Richvale Republican Doug LaMalfa still isn’t convinced a limited military operation is the answer in Syria. He says he’s hoping administration officials can work with the international community to contain the regime’s chemical weapons.

“Something that actually makes more sense; that doesn’t require a strike. If we’re talking about it from a humanitarian sense, then those make more sense,” said LaMalfa.

California’s two Democratic senators are convinced the military option can work.

After President Obama held closed-door meetings with the entire Senate, Barbara Boxer reiterated that she’ll back a military strike if talks fall apart. 

“Clearly if this all falls apart we can’t forget what has happened here. And we have to be willing to make sure that this norm – this international norm – is enforced,” said Boxer.

A Senate vote scheduled for this week has been postponed as the administration continues to negotiate a non-military solution.

Matt Laslo

Contributing Washington DC Reporter

Based on Capitol Hill, Matt Laslo is a reporter who has been covering Congress, the White House and the Supreme Court since 2006. He has filed stories for NPR and more than 40 of its affiliates, including Capital Public Radio.  Read Full Bio