Rep. Alan Lowenthal said Wednesday he remains undecided on whether to use military force in Syria and is seeking further input.
The Democrat who represents Long Beach, Los Alamitos and surrounding areas, said in a statement:
“I am eager to be briefed on all of the facts, military options, and alternatives to a strike before making my decision on how the U.S. could address chemical weapons attacks in Syria. I agree that human rights violations, including the use of internationally-banned chemical weapons, must be addressed. However, as a member of Congress, it is my duty to become as informed as possible before making any and all decisions related to the possible use of military force in Syria."
Lowenthal issued the statement upon returning to Washington to receive a classified briefing and attend a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on the potential use of U.S. military force against Syria.
He said President Obama was "wise to consult Congress" and urged constituents to "continue calling my offices; writing to me to share their concerns and opinions; and, weighing in on social media."
"In order to make the best possible decision, I will need to hear from everyone,” he said.