The Times West Virginian

September 11, 2013

Manchin, McKinley voice opposition to military strike

By Colleen S. Good
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — Just 10 days after asking them to pass legislation in support of the use of force against Syria, President Barack Obama on Tuesday asked members of Congress to postpone a vote authorizing such action.

And although they didn’t issue official statements immediately following Obama’s speech Tuesday, some of West Virginia’s congressional leaders have voiced their opinions in the past few days about a military strike in Syria.

Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., has perhaps been the most vocal in his opposition to a military strike. On Monday, Manchin and Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., proposed a joint resolution that included a call for the Syrian government to sign on to the Chemical Weapons Convention, and would give a strict 45-day timeline for complying with the convention.

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