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Rep. Susan Davis On Syria, Sequestration And The Resignation Of Mayor Bob Filner

With Congress in recess, and members visiting their home districts, KPBS catches up with Rep. Susan Davis to talk about the latest current events.

Representative Susan Davis (D-53rd)


When Congress returns to Washington D.C. after a recess, there's a long list of legislation that needs attention, but while visiting her home district, Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) focused on the current issues facing our city, our country and the international community.

At the moment, the use of chemical weapons in Syria is dominating world headlines. Congresswoman Davis said the options aren't simple.

"We do know that we have UN inspectors on the ground," she said. "That is important and yet we are still kind of waiting for some of those assessments. Certainly the president is working with the international community."

Davis said the issue was not something U.S. should take on alone.

"That is not where we want to be. At the same time, it's not clear what happens down the line," she said. "I just think it is very hard for it to be a limited strike."

Here in San Diego, headlines have focused on the scandal surrounding Mayor Filner and the recent announcement of his resignation. Davis said in some ways, this political turmoil was a positive for the city.

"In many ways I think this was something that brought San Diegans together because no matter whether people were — Democrats, Republicans, Independents, paying attention or not, — people paid attention to this and it brought about a level of activism, and certainly concern that we probably have not seen in a lot of ways," she said.

Davis also said Congress needs to come together on widespread spending cuts known as sequestration and be acknowledge its negative impact on communities. Furloughs and the loss of jobs have impacted the region and affected San Diego's ability to "engage in the economy," she said.

Congress returns to work on Sept. 9.

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