"Is use of force the first option or the last option?" Feinstein said on the Senate floor Wednesday. "In my view, it should be the last. In my view, working with the international community, doing all we can to disarm Iraq before jumping to military force, remains an option."
Tauscher, a moderate Democrat who comes from a district with a heavy presence of defense industries, also is calling for Congress to take more time to consider the matter. She has joined Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-Ohio), a leader of the House's antiwar faction, in circulating a letter calling for the vote on Iraq to be postponed until after the elections because she believes the debate is too politicized.