Manchin Says He Opposes Senate Syria Resolution


Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said he would oppose the authorization for military action in Syria passed Wednesday by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The statement leaves open the possibility that Manchin could change his mind if the resolution is amended on the Senate floor.

“Given the case that has been presented to me, I believe that a military strike against Syria at this time is the wrong course of action,” Manchin said in a statement. “In good conscience, I cannot support the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s resolution and will be working with my colleagues and the administration to develop other options. I believe that we must exhaust all diplomatic options and have a comprehensive plan for international involvement before we act.”

TPM is tracking Congress members’ public statements on military strikes in Syria here.